Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

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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

Cates Honored for Service to Agriculture

Posted February 2012

CIAS staff member Dick Cates, who directs the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, received the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) alumni’s Service to Agriculture award on January 28. Cates was recognized for his dedication and service to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Farm and Industry Short Course and Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. In addition to directing the School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, Cates raises grass-fed beef with his wife, Kim, and oversees grazing systems programming in CALS. Congratulations, Dick!