Citizens Advisory Council

EVENTS

2018 OGRAIN Winter Conference

Date: January 26-27, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus
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2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

Date: January 30-February 1, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
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Wisconsin Farmers Union 87th Annual State Convention

Date: February 2-4, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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



Eslinger, Mark

Posted July 2015

After 36 years in dairy farming, Mark Eslinger retired in 2015. He is helping a new family transition onto his farm, which was in Mark’s family for 100 years. An advocate for managed grazing, Mark used “What would nature do?” as the guiding principle for operating¬ his farm. He transitioned his farm to organic in 1986, before most people knew what organic food was, and he was at the meeting in Viroqua where the idea for Organic Valley came up. He has served on several committees with Organic Valley and served as a Master Grazier for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program.