Loving of the Land Concert

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

Ride to Farm

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

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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.


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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Milking More than Profit: Life Satisfaction on Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Posted August 2007

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The number of dairy farms in Wisconsin has been declining steadily for years. This decline has inportant implications for the economic, ecological and social sustainability of communities, families and individuals in Wisconsin. Life satisfaction is one important social consideration in agriculture. Without offering a satisfying life, even the most profitable and ecologically sound forms of agriculture will not be sustainable. Farmers and policymakers need to consider life satisfaction when making decisions about farming. This report presents the results of the 2006 Life Satisfaction and Dairy Farming survey of 1,300 Wisconsin dairy farmers on both grazing and confinement farms.

Key results include:

  • The level of life satisfation varied by dairy farm.
  • Farmers using different dairy farm systems evaluated life satisfaction differently.
  • Men and women on dairy farms used different criteria for evaluating life satisfaction.
  • Differences in life satisfaction between dairy farms were not just a matter of money.

Read this report (pdf file)

Read a summary of this report (pdf file)

Life Satisfaction on Grazing Dairy Farms in Wisconsin (pdf file)