Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in 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

CIAS Hosts Workshop on Food Freight Innovations

Posted January 2016

CIAS rung in the new year with a workshop on freight innovations to optimize regional food resiliency, held at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning. Fifty eight participants representing farmer-shippers, carriers and allied organizations heard from ten speakers and worked in groups to address key questions about improving regional food freight.

Rob Reich, Schneider National and Larry Alsum, Alsum Farms and Produce, were two Wisconsin business people who presented at the workshop. Workshop participant and Wisconsin native Andrew Lutsey (shown in the photo) is the CEO and co-founder of Midwest Local Foods, which is simplifying the process through which food from our state and region is transported, bought and sold within Chicagoland.

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