Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in Madison

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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

Driftless Region Food and Farm Project

Posted March 2010

On Thursday, March 18, CIAS facilitated a meeting of more than 70 individuals committed to expanding the Driftless Region’s food system assets. Featured speakers represented organizations from throughout the area, including Southeast Minnesota Regional Partnerships, the Driftless Area Initiative, Riverlands Partnership, Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition, and the Valley Stewardship Network. Most encouraging of all, following two hours of round table brainstorming, we emerged with the beginning stages of collaboration around a few important sectors of the regional food industry. A subsequent meeting is tentatively planned for July. This meeting served as part of CIAS work to build a coalition around the emerging Driftless Region Food and Farm Project. To learn more about the group, visit its blog at The meeting was also highlighted in a recent column in the La Crosse Tribune.