Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Date: January 9-11, 2015
Location: UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin Farm to School Summit

Date: January 29, 2015, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids

Organic Agriculture Research Symposium

Date: February 25-26, 2015
Location: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, WI

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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.

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award

Since 2000, the CIAS Eco-Fruit program has been helping growers reduce or eliminate risk from pesticides by using IPM. Participating growers have reduced their pesticide risk by 46 percent and increased their reliance on IPM strategies by 54 percent.


$10,000 matching challenge. One week to go. Can you help?

December marks the final stretch of our year-long CIAS 25th anniversary celebration. In honor of this milestone, Waseda Farms has generously offered a $10,000 match to encourage individuals to join them in supporting the mission of CIAS. Through Sunday, December 7th, you can join in this effort and double the impact of your gift.

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Your gift to CIAS supports our research and outreach on profitable farms and food businesses, environmentally sustainable landscapes and healthy communities across Wisconsin, and beyond.

Make a Gift

Twenty-five years ago, Wisconsin citizens and UW-Madison faculty created CIAS in an effort to build support for sustainable agriculture. Over the years, CIAS has brought together farmers, other business owners, and researchers to address critical needs in agriculture. Our collaborative approach is rooted in the Wisconsin Idea.

Please consider supporting our current and future efforts through a tax-deductible donation to the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Fund at the UW Foundation. Gifts of any amount ensure a future for CIAS and agriculture that is profitable, benefits the environment and supports communities across Wisconsin.

Thanks to a generous gift from Tom Boldt, Chief Executive Officer of The Boldt Company, CIAS is launching a 25th Anniversary Challenge. And thanks to the generosity of Waseda Farms, individual gifts to CIAS will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000, this fall. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to ensure our work continues to benefit farmers, business owners, students and other citizens for years to come.

“While I did not grow up on a farm or come from a farming background, I have always appreciated the spirit of the American farmer. Beyond being a nostalgic icon of our past, particularly in our wonderful state of Wisconsin, the opportunities of modern farming provide an exciting future. CIAS can play a significant role in leading this revolution to 21st century sustainable farming.
—Tom Boldt, CEO, The Boldt Company

Learn more about our 25th anniversary challenge and opportunities to support CIAS:

Our director, Michael Bell, is happy to meet with you and discuss how your interests might fit with the funding needs of CIAS. You can reach him at 608-515-8151 or

Past and current work at CIAS is supported by grants and gifts from:

  • Rick Adamski and Valerie Dantoin, Full Circle Farm
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
  • Michael Bell and Diane Mayerfeld
  • Tom Boldt, The Boldt Company
  • Bradshaw-Knight Foundation
  • Carr Valley Cheese
  • Richard and Kim Cates, Cates Family Farm
  • Center for Agricultural Partnerships
  • Center for Food and Justice, Occidental College
  • College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
  • Wayne and Kay Craig, Grassway Farm
  • FoodRoutes Network
  • Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
  • Institute for Local Organic Food Systems Education
  • John V. Hummel
  • Senator Herb Kohl
  • Margaret Krome and Steve Ventura
  • William C. Liebhardt
  • Sheldon Bernard and Marianne Segal Lubar
  • Jamie and Jason Mayerfeld
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • Midwest Organic Services Association
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
  • E.G. Nadeau
  • North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • Organic Valley Family of Farms
  • Herb Paaren and Denise Marino, Single Step Foundation
  • REAP Food Group
  • Mary Q. Reuter
  • Dale and Cynthia Secher, Carandale Farm
  • Andrew L. Trlica
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Wisconsin Farmers Union
  • Xerces Society