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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.


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CIAS Barn Dance was a Success

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the CIAS 25th Anniversary Barn Dance on June 27 at Schuster's Farm near Deerfield. About 175 people enjoyed music, dancing, local food, a silent auction and unequaled camaraderie at this event.

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Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

You bring your interest and hopes for your own orchard business. We expose you to what you need to know and plan for as you plant trees and grow.

March 15-17, 2013. Download the course brochure and schedule

Details about the Midwest School for Beginning Apple Growers

The intensive three-day course demonstrates what it takes to set up and run a successful orchard business.

What do we offer?

  • A unique program that combines knowledge from experienced growers and UW faculty
  • Opportunities to understand basic concepts in apple production and what it takes to organize and succeed in this type of business
  • A holistic approach to growing and marketing
  • Extended time with experienced growers, each offering unique perspectives, invaluable tips and practical know-how
  • A chance to network and learn from fellow orchardists, farmers and entrepreneurs

Our intensive, three-day course gives you a realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful orchard operation—including capital, management, labor and other resources. Topics include soil fertility, pest management, business planning, risk management, recordkeeping, marketing and economics.  Grower-instructors primarily teach the course, with featured presentations and hands-on labs by UW faculty and other specialists. Grower-instructors’ farms vary in scale, marketing strategies and growing methods.

Scheduling

The three-day course is usually held in January, February or early March.

Is this course right for you?

This course is intended for people who are serious about starting an orchard business in the Midwest. To learn more about this school, contact John Hendrickson at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison, (608) 265-3704 or jhendric@wisc.edu.

For more information and application materials contact:

John Hendrickson
Phone: (608) 265-3704
Fax: (608) 265-3020
E-mail: jhendric@wisc.edu

U.S. Mail:
c/o CIAS
1535 Observatory Drive
UW-Madison
Madison, WI 53706