Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, 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.