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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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.

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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
  • Badgerland Financial
  • Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment
  • Michael Bell and Diane Mayerfeld
  • Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi
  • Tom and Renee Boldt
  • Bradshaw-Knight Foundation
  • Gerry Campbell and Karen Goebel
  • Carr Valley Cheese
  • Dick and Kim Cates
  • Leslie Cooperband
  • 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
  • Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
  • Roger Diggle
  • Farley Center
  • Herman Felstenhausen and Geke DeVries
  • FoodRoutes Network
  • Margaret Foss
  • Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
  • Richard Hall and Verna Kragness
  • Heartland Credit Union
  • Brian Hess
  • John V. Hummel
  • Institute for Local Organic Food Systems Education
  • Tom Keiffer Memorial Fund
  • Daniel Kleinman and Susan Bernstein
  • Richard Klemme
  • Herbert Kohl
  • Margaret Krome and Steve Ventura
  • Arthur and Sue Lloyd
  • William C. Liebhardt
  • Patty Loew
  • Sheldon and Marianne Lubar
  • Tom and Sharon Lutsey
  • Jamie and Jason Mayerfeld
  • Brent and Deb McCown
  • Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
  • Michelle Miller and Bob Stone
  • Carolyn and Michael Milligan
  • Alfonso Morales
  • Jim and Phyllis Munsch
  • 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 Farmer-Owned
  • Laura and Bill Paine
  • PastureLand Cooperative
  • Brad Paul
  • Kathryn Pereira
  • Odessa Piper
  • Warren Porter and Fariba Assadi-Porter
  • Mike Racette and Patricia Wright
  • REAP Food Group
  • Mary Q. Reuter
  • Curtis Rohland
  • Schuster’s Playtime Farm
  • Dale and Cindy Secher, Carandale Farm
  • Mark and Cece Sieffert
  • Single Step Foundation
  • Zacary Smucker-Bryan
  • Karl Stieglitz
  • Caryl Terrel
  • Joe and Deb Tomandl II
  • 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
  • Gary and Rosemarie Zimmer
  • Xerces Society

CIAS makes its best effort to include all donations made by individuals on this list. If your name has been omitted, please contact us so we may properly show our appreciation. Thank you to our past and present donors for your generous support!