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Midwest CSA Conference

Date: December 3-4, 2015
Location: The Plaza, Eau Claire, WI

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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


Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production

The Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA), in partnership with CIAS and UW-Extension, held the 106th NNGA conference in La Crosse, July 27-29. About 150 participants from across the country gathered for three days to talk about the business of nut production, processing and marketing in the context of agroforestry and perennialization. more

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CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 and 2001 CSA Surveys

Posted October 2003

The Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement in the United States has grown to include over 1,000 farms that are linking growers and customers in unique ways. The 1999 National CSA Farm Survey provided the first comprehensive portrait of the CSA movement in the U.S. This work was updated in a second national CSA survey done in 2001. The survey results include demographics of CSA farms and farmers, land use, land tenure, business structure, core groups, and economics of CSA farms. The overall portrait of CSA that emerges from this survey is characterized by interesting patterns of uniformity-what CSA enterprises have in common-contrasted with equally interesting patterns of diversity-how they are different from each other and the rest of U.S. agriculture.

Read the 1999 report: CSA Across the Nation (pdf file)

Read the 2001 report: Community Supported Agriculture Entering the 21st Century (pdf file)