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EVENTS

Loving of the Land Concert

Date: April 26, 2014, 8:00pm
Location: UW-Madison Music Hall
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Ride to Farm

Date: May 31, 2014
Location: Ride starts and ends at Birch Lake Park, Barneveld, 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

What Does it Mean to Eat Well?

CIAS launched its 25th anniversary celebration with a seminar addressing the question: What does it mean to eat well? CIAS has been asking questions like this since our inception in 1989, and we continue to explore this topic as we move into the future. In order to truly eat well, a healthy appetite includes a desire to understand our food through the land, people and communities who sustain it.

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Mentor-Intern Handbook for Dairy and Livestock Farmers

Posted January 2013

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On-farm mentors are individuals who have struggled—but survived—in their endeavors as farmers and want to help teach an upcoming generation about making a living off of the land while maintaining its integrity. An on-farm mentor should not only be a good farmer but also a good teacher, one who is willing to take the time to explain how and why he or she does certain things. This handbook will help mentors develop their teaching skills as they progress through their first—or perhaps fortieth—internship.

Passing Along Farm Knowledge: A Mentor-Intern Handbook for Dairy and Livestock Farmers (PDF)