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

Center for Integrated Ag Systems Selected as a Pesticide Reduction Champion

Posted October 2003

The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has been selected by the EPA as a Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Champion for 2003. This designation honors CIAS for its efforts to reduce pesticide risk through sustainable agricultural practices such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and organic farming.

CIAS was specifically recognized for creating workshops and publications on the Food Quality Protection Act, pesticide reduction, pasture-based animal production and low-input market gardening. The Wisconsin Schools for Beginning Dairy Farmers and Market Growers were both applauded for helping new farmers reduce or eliminate pesticides.

PESP also commended CIAS activities that develop new markets for agricultural products raised in ways that protect the environment and human health. One of these activities is the College Food Project, which has brought food grown locally with few or no pesticides to the UW-Madison dining halls. CIAS is also working with Wisconsin apple growers and campus researchers to document ecologically sound apple production.

“Since 1989, CIAS has worked with researchers and Extension agents statewide to investigate and promote pesticide-reducing strategies for dairy, livestock, produce and grain farmers,” said CIAS director Brent McCown. “We are honored that the EPA has recognized our national leadership in pesticide reduction research and outreach.”

More than 50 UW-Madison campus partners work with the Center on pesticide reduction. Among the leaders are Chris Boerboom and Bryan Jensen, Agronomy; Karen Delahaut, Horticulture; Jeff Wyman and Dan Mahr, Entomology; Walt Stevenson and Patty McManus, Plant Pathology; Bob Fessenden, UW Food Service; Dave Combs, Dairy Science; the Nutrient and Pest Management Program staff members; and others.

CIAS is one of sixteen PESP Champions selected nationwide for their extraordinary level of commitment to protecting human health and the environment.