Crops and Livestock

EVENTS

Food Summit 2014

Date: October 24, 2014, 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison
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Healthy Food Systems Poster Session

Date: November 14, 2014 2pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Atrium
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Sustainable Intensification in Agricultural Systems

Date: Friday, November 14, 3:00pm
Location: DeLuca Form, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
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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

Current and Past Citizens Advisory Council Members Gather for Summer Meeting

CIAS is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, and our Citizens Advisory Council is at the center of our history. Past and present members of this unique advisory group gathered at Ferguson's Orchards on July 17 for its summer meeting.

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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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