Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in 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

Grad Student Mini-Grant Applications Due April 28

Posted April 2014

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) invites graduate student applications for our 2014 summer mini-grant program, which is made possible through a generous donation from the Single Step Foundation. These awards will provide up to $2,000 for graduate student research. Undergraduate research is not eligible for funding.

While we welcome applications in any area related to CIAS’s work, grants aligned with the mini-grant priority areas will receive higher priority. Our 2014 priority areas are perennialization of the landscape; climate change, agriculture and food systems; and labor and fair trade in local and regional food systems. The program announcement, linked below, provides detailed descriptions of these priority areas.

All applicants who submit materials by April 28, 2014 are assured consideration.

For more details, including application instructions, see the mini-grant program announcement.

Read our mini-grant success story to learn more about this program and past recipients.