Farm to Fork


CIAS Harvest Dinner: The Future of Organic Food and Farming

Date: November 5, 2016, 6-9pm
Location: UW-Madison University Club, 803 State St.

Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings and Opportunities for Rural Development

Date: December 6, 2016, 1:30pm
Location: Webinar

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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


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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CIAS leads diverse projects on food systems, or what happens from the farm gate to an eater's plate. This work is helping to get local, sustainably-grown food to eaters through schools, Community Supported Agriculture farms, and unique partnerships with growers, processors, farmers' markets, grocers and other food-related businesses.

Veggie Compass Helps Growers Make Data-Driven Decisions (CIAS Research Brief #97)

Fresh market vegetable growers with multiple crops and markets make numerous complex production and marketing decisions. Which crops are the most profitable? How quickly would a labor-saving tool pay for itself? Which markets make the most economic sense for a crop? Do prices cover production costs? The Veggie Compass farm management tool was developed to […] more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Youth Get Active with School Lunch

As farm to school grows in both popularity and maturity in Wisconsin, schools are looking for ways to develop increasingly comprehensive programs that will thrive for years to come. In order to accomplish this goal, student involvement and community engagement are essential. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Ensuring Meaningful Farmer Participation in Farm to School

Farmer involvement is an essential component of comprehensive farm to school programs. Core farm to school concepts such as local, fresh, healthy and community come alive for students through interactions with the farmers who grow the food found on the cafeteria tray. more

Agriculture, transportation and climate change: Considering the future of agricultural freight transport in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

The World Economic Forum rates food crises, extreme weather and failure of infrastructure as top global risks in 2015. Around the world, regions are contending with extreme weather, including drought, flooding and changes in growing seasons. more

Chop! Chop! Veggie Videos Support Wisconsin Farm to School Efforts

In honor of National Farm to School Month, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and partners launched a series of culinary training videos for school cafeteria staff. more

Sprouting New Tree Nut Businesses in the Midwest: Five Case Studies

Increasing tree nut production in the Midwest can potentially enhance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in this region. Growers in the Midwest are awakening to tree nuts as a possible source of farm income and a way to diversify their production. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Madison Metropolitan School District Garden Bars

In several schools within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Farm to School AmeriCorps members are introducing elementary school students to their new garden bars. more

Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field

This report, published by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse, captures and communicates many of the valuable lessons learned throughout a project that increased access to healthy food in fourteen communities across Wisconsin. more
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