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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award

Since 2000, the CIAS Eco-Fruit program has been helping growers reduce or eliminate risk from pesticides by using IPM. Participating growers have reduced their pesticide risk by 46 percent and increased their reliance on IPM strategies by 54 percent.


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Current and Past Citizens Advisory Council Members Gather for Summer Meeting

CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and our Citizens Advisory Council is at the center of our history. Past and present members of this unique advisory group gathered at Ferguson's Orchards on July 17 for its summer meeting.

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Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2014 UW-Madison Research Report

This report summarizes 23 studies conducted by researchers in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with farmers across the state. Those studies look at production practices for the state’s main agricultural products as well as farm management and marketing. more
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Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Shepherd’s Grain

In the mid 1980s, a pair of wheat producers, Karl Kupers and Fred Fleming, became convinced that the conventional dryland wheat farming they were practicing was not sustainable in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. more
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Cover Crops Case Studies: Gary Sommers Farm

This case study shares the experience of one Wisconsin farmer who has been growing cover crops on his cash grain farm for twenty years. He presents his philosophy of cover crop use, explains what cover crop management practices have and have not worked on his farm, and describes what benefits he sees from growing cover crops. more

Do farming practices affect corn and soybean quality traits? (Research Brief #70)

Printer-friendly version (PDF) Grain farmers can help the environment by expanding their corn-soybean rotations to include additional crops. Research has shown that expanded rotations can reduce the need for pesticide and herbicide applications by breaking the life cycles of insects, weeds and diseases specific to corn and soybeans. In addition, grain yields often increase in […] more

Diversity pays off on cash grain farms (Research Brief #44)

Cash grain farmers can improve their bottom line by diversifying crops and reducing chemical inputs, according to a cropping systems trial now in its eighth year of economic analysis. Diversified grain systems at two sites have shown better financial returns than a high-input continuous corn system every year since 1992. These are the results from […] more

Cropping systems trial provides unique analysis (Research Brief #43)

Can environmentally beneficial crop rotations also improve farm profitability? A long-term study underway in southern Wisconsin aims to find out. It blends systems research with strong farmer guidance to measure profitability, productivity, and environmental impacts of six cropping systems. The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) compares three cash grain cropping systems and three forage […] more

Pesticide options in field crops: helping farmers with FQPA (Research Brief #42)

Recent federal legislation will reduce the number and amounts of pesticides available to farmers. But producers can start planning now for these changes by reducing their reliance on pesticides with the greatest potential for harm to human health and the environment. Congress unanimously passed the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) to improve food safety. […] more

Long-term study evaluates impacts of six Wisonsin cropping systems (Research Brief #11)

Wisconsin cash grain and dairy livestock cropping systems have gone on trial. The goal is to identify and evaluate trade-offs of various production strategies. An interdisciplinary team of UW-Madison and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) researchers, farmers, and two county extension agents recently completed the third year of the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST). […] more
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