Crops and Livestock

EVENTS

Social Cinema: Food Chains

Date: March 11, 2015, 7:00pm
Location: Marquee Theater, Union South, UW-Madison
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Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

Date: March 13-15, 2015
Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison
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West Wisconsin Spring Grazing Conference

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Grand Occasions Ballroom, Osseo, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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.


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

Service Learning in South Africa

CIAS Director Mike Bell and ten UW-Madison students are spending part of their winter break in South Africa. Bell is leading the students in a service learning course on the agroecology of health.

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Forage Fescues in the Northern USA

Posted October 2008

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Tall fescue, meadow fescue and festulolium have potential value as forages for grazing operations in the northern USA. Meadow fescue is the most cold tolerant of these grasses, with excellent forage quality and palatability, and relatively high drought tolerance. Tall fescue has the highest yield potential, good palatability for soft-leaf varieties and excellent heat and drought tolerance. Festulolium exhibits high forage quality and good summer production. This publication focuses on the use and culture of meadow fescue, tall fescue and festulolium, with additional information on their history and introduction to North America.

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