Dairy

EVENTS

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School

Date: February 20-21, 2016
Location: Madison, WI
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MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Date: February 25-27, 2016
Location: La Crosse, 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


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

CIAS Hosts Workshop on Food Freight Innovations

CIAS rung in the new year with a workshop on freight innovations to optimize regional food resiliency. Fifty eight participants heard from ten speakers and worked in groups to address key questions about improving regional food freight. more

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Growing Wisconsin’s Grazing Future: Results of the Blue Sky Greener Pastures Consultation Process

Posted July 2012

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For a wide variety of economic, environmental and social reasons, it makes good sense to regard the practice of managed grazing as an effective system for strengthening dairy and livestock farming in Wisconsin. The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) partnered with GrassWorks, Inc. to develop a statewide, participatory discussion about managed grazing that they called “Blue Sky Greener Pastures” (BSGP). Funded by the UW-Madison Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the objective of the project was to generate new initiatives and imaginative ideas (Blue Sky) to extend managed grazing and its benefits (Greener Pastures) to more producers, businesses, educators, consumers and communities.

This report synthesizes the discussions from the BSGP regional listening sessions. The analysis is organized around six recurring themes: education for established graziers, education for beginning and transitioning farmers, networking, research, marketing and policy.

Download Growing Wisconsin’s Grazing Future (PDF)