Midwest School for Beginning Grape Growers

Date: March 29-31, 2015
Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 11, 2015, 7:30pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall

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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.


Service Learning in South Africa

CIAS Director Mike Bell and ten UW-Madison students are spending part of their winter break in South Africa. Bell is leading the students in a service learning course on the agroecology of health.

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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.

Learn more about 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
  • Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi
  • 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
  • Margaret Moss
  • Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
  • John V. Hummel
  • Institute for Local Organic Food Systems Education
  • Daniel Kleinman
  • Richard Klemme
  • Senator Herb Kohl
  • Margaret Krome and Steve Ventura
  • William C. Liebhardt
  • Patricia Loew
  • Sheldon Bernard and Marianne Segal Lubar
  • Jamie and Jason Mayerfeld
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • Midwest Organic Services Association
  • Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
  • Alfonso Morales
  • 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
  • Kathryn Pereira
  • Odessa Piper
  • Warren Porter
  • REAP Food Group
  • Mary Q. Reuter
  • Curtis Rohland
  • 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
  • Orville Walker
  • Amy Wallner
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Wisconsin Farmers Union
  • Xerces Society