Pest Management


Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 26, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall

Ride to Farm

Date: May 31, 2014
Location: Ride starts and ends at Birch Lake Park, Barneveld, 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.


What Does it Mean to Eat Well?

CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it.

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Eco-Fruit Program Supports Growers with Networking and Coaching

Posted September 2012


The CIAS Eco-Fruit program is featured in the latest report on IPM from the American Farmland Trust. The report features growers in the CIAS Eco-Fruit Network: Tom and Gretchen Griffith of Door Creek Orchard, Dane County grower Jim Lindemann, and Craig Schultz, who farms in the Chippewa Falls area. These growers, and many others, have increased the use of IPM on their farms through networking and coaching offered through the Eco-Fruit program.

“The more the growers network with each other, the more they’re willing to listen to other growers and try new things. There’s been more learning since this project largely because of growers talking to each other.”
—John Aue, program IPM coach

Read the report here.
Excerpted from The Power of Nature: Integrated Pest Management Helps Great Lakes Farms Protect Their Crops, Environment and Food Supply. American Farmland Trust, 2012.