EVENTS

Good Bugs Bad Bugs, Basic Entomology for Farm, Garden & Fun

Date: Saturday, March 25, 9am-noon
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
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Dyeing the Natural Way

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 6pm
Location: Moore Hall, room 227, UW-Madison
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Get the Dirt Dinner: Colony Collapse

Date: Thursday, March 30, 6pm
Location: Student Activity Center room 3161
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SUCCESS STORIES

The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

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. more


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state's 72 counties. more

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Good Bugs Bad Bugs, Basic Entomology for Farm, Garden & Fun

Date: Saturday, March 25, 9am-noon

Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI

Hosted by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Join PJ Leisch, Director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab to answer the question “Is this insect good to have in my vegetable garden/farm?” The workshop will include some basic entomology, identification techniques and a hands-on component. We will focus on insects that commonly are found in the […] more

Dyeing the Natural Way

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 6pm

Location: Moore Hall, room 227, UW-Madison

Join the F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture and the Horticulture Club for a workshop on dyeing fabric with natural dyes. Madeline Wimmer will educate us on the science, history and how-to’s of natural dyes and the dyeing process. Madeline Wimmer is a UW graduate student who studies cold climate viticulture in the Department of […] more

Get the Dirt Dinner: Colony Collapse

Date: Thursday, March 30, 6pm

Location: Student Activity Center room 3161

Worried about bees? Think they should be protected and loved? Want a deeper understanding of why they’re disappearing and what we can do about it? Join the FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture for a Get The Dirt Dinner with Entomology Professor Claudio Gratton. This is a potluck; bring a dish to pass. For more […] more

Science Expeditions

Date: Saturday, April 1, 10am-2pm

Location: Discovery Building, UW-Madison

CIAS will host an Exploration Station at UW-Madison Science Expeditions on April 1: Cows Turn Grass Into Milk. more

Marathon County Grazing Network Calving Discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 6-7:30pm

Location: Ben Lind farm, Mosinee, WI

Ben Lind started a rotationally grazed beef operation 4 years ago. He fenced 35 acres, added summer and winter watering facilities and is working on a low cost handling facility. Being new to raising cattle, he is learning everything from the ground up. Topics will include: causes and prevention of dystocia, calving time, breeding, handling […] more

Marathon County Grazing Network Cover Crops and No-Till Drill Demonstration

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 1-3pm

Location: Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, Stratford, WI

This event is a joint meeting of the Central WI No-tillers and the WI River Grazing Network. In the first hour, various fall planted cover crops will be observed in the field. The focus of the second hour will be the use of no-till drills for establishing or renovating pastures, and will include a demonstration […] more

Marathon County Grazing Network: Cattle Handling, Freeze Branding, Vaccinating and Heifer Selection

Date: Saturday, April 22, 9am-noon

Location: Sandstone Ranch, Stevens Point, WI

This is a hands-on event. Replacement beef heifers will be evaluated with linear measurement tools to determine animal efficiency, marbling and productivity. They will be freeze branded and vaccinated. Cattle handling, working facilities and cattle restraining will be demonstrated. For more information, visit the Marathon County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Department website. more

Family Food Fest

Date: Sunday, May 21, 11am-2pm

Location: Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, WI

Bring the entire family for REAP Food Group’s Family Food Fest. This all-ages event features delicious food, fun activities and more! Local schools, organizations and businesses are coming together to celebrate healthy eating and active living for children and families. Activities include face painting, food demonstrations, dance performances, a smoothie bike, obstacle courses and other […] more
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