Farm to Fork

EVENTS

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Date: January 21-23, 2018
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
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2018 OGRAIN Winter Conference

Date: January 26-27, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus
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2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

Date: January 30-February 1, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
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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



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.

Community kitchens: key elements of success (Research Brief #54)

It can be tough to make a living from commodity crops, but Wisconsin farmers may be in an ideal position to reap profits from value-added food processing. A wide variety of agricultural products are raised in Wisconsin. And many people living in nearby large urban centers are willing to pay more for unique and sustainably […] more

CSA: More for your money than fresh vegetables (Research Brief #52)

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms provide their members with more than fresh produce. CSA farms engage their members in agriculture through newsletters, farm celebrations, and you-pick days. Some CSA members may realize significant financial savings, as well. CSA farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin wanted to find out how the cost of a CSA membership compares […] more

Wisconsin Colleges Pay Family Farmers a Fair Price for Quality Food

Now more than ever, farmers are looking for new markets and customers who will pay a fair price for their products. Dining services at four colleges in Wisconsin are buying directly from farmers and paying premium prices for a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and fruit. Northland College, Beloit College, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and […] more

Management Tool Helps Farmers Convert Pastures to Profits

Stocker production can help farmers convert pastures to profits, particularly if they have a surplus of grass but not a lot of facilities. Managing pasture, animals, costs, and markets plays a key role in determining the level of profit that farmers can expect, however. Researchers with the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University […] more

Are Alternative Agricultural Markets Right for You?

The year 2000 began with some of the lowest commodity prices we’ve seen in decades. These depressed prices are making for difficult times in Wisconsin agriculture, and many farmers are re-examining their goals for their operations. Increasingly, growers are looking at alternative crops, farm enterprises such as bed and breakfasts and tourism, and other business […] more

Dairy grazing can provide good financial return (Research Brief #50)

An ongoing financial study of farms that use management intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) shows that generation of income is the main factor separating the farms with the best financial performance from those with the worst financial performance. The graziers with the best financial performance in this study had slightly higher operating expenses per cow, higher […] more

Echineacea as a tobacco crop alternative (Research Brief #48)

Many Wisconsin tobacco farmers are looking for alternative crops following the ongoing reductions in tobacco allotments and tobacco markets. Allotment reductions mean lower production levels and lower incomes for tobacco farmers. One crop proposed as an alternative to tobacco is echinacea (pronounced ek-in-a-sha), or purple coneflower, grown mainly for its medicinal root. Echinacea has enjoyed […] more

The Wisconsin Foodshed

From 1997-2000, CIAS published a newsletter for people working to create sustainable food systems. The Wisconsin Foodshed was conceived as a forum where activists, researchers, farmers, organizations and eaters could network and learn from each other. The newsletter addressed topics such as farmers’ markets, community and prison gardens, value-added marketing cooperatives, community food security, and […] more
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