Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Date: January 21-23, 2018
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

2018 OGRAIN Winter Conference

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

2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

Date: January 30-February 1, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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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

Institutional Food Market Coalition

Posted November 2008

Doug Wubben and Michelle Miller attended the Institutional Food Market coalition meeting at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). 38 participants heard from institutional food service buyers about their experiences purchasing from the Badgerland Produce Auction and the other three local food auctions around the state. Local food purchasing among the coalition members experienced a five-fold increase this past year. In 2007, four institutions purchased 19,000 pounds of produce, representing $11,000 in sales. In 2008, 16 institutions (including 3 distributors), purchased 92,000 pounds of produce, representing $54,000 in sales. The coalition launched a new web site at to give institutional buyers a sense of the playing field for buying local. The site will be expanded to include information on other venues for wholesale, large volume purchasing of local food beyond produce auctions.