Crops and Livestock


2018 OGRAIN Winter Conference

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

2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

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

Wisconsin Farmers Union 87th Annual State Convention

Date: February 2-4, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

more events


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

Windbreaks: trees as technology for protecting Wisconsin’s topsoil (Research Brief #22)

We need a lot more protection of erosion-prone land than we have. Windbreaks are an important component of this effort to control wind erosion. — Clive David, forestry researcher, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Strong winds can stir up trouble for farmers in the Central Sands region of Wisconsin. Every year, according to area estimates, high […] more

Windrow composting systems can be feasable, cost effective (Research Brief #20)

One of the things we were interested in was how to implement a composting system without changing a farmer’s existing setup. — Bill Connolly, UW-River Falls Windrow composting can help farmers manage dairy wastes economically, according to a study sponsored by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS). Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls […] more

Preplant soil nitrate test saves money, protects groundwater (Research Brief #2)

The preplant soil nitrate test can save farmers money while reducing the risk of groundwater contamination more
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