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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


MARKET FARM MADNESS

Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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Composting Manure and Bedding Reduces Potential Soil and Phosphorus Loss (CIAS Research Brief 102)

Posted August 2020

Fertilizing fields with manure from dairy farms can contribute to elevated levels of phosphorus in waterways. Researchers at UW-Madison hypothesized that composting manure before spreading it on fields would reduce this problem. Their study found that composting is a viable way to reduce phosphorus runoff losses from livestock operations with bedded pack manure. In part, these runoff losses derived from the reduced water solubility of phosphorus in composted manure, as well as reduced erosion due to the addition of stable organic matter in compost and the elimination of the need to spread manure in the winter, when the ground is frozen.

Read the full brief (pdf).