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Food and the Wisconsin Idea

Date: September 20, 2017, 3-5pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW-Madison
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CIAS Harvest Dinner 2017

Date: October 29, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison
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Edible Startup Summit

Date: November 17-18, 2017
Location: American Family Center, Madison, 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



Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2009 Status Report

Posted February 2010

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While growth in the organic industry has slowed, U.S. consumers are not giving up on organic food. Organic sales, which expanded at a rate of 20 percent per year from the early 1990s through 2007, likely experienced negative growth in 2009. But 31 percent of U.S. families bought more organic food in 2009 than in 2008.

Wisconsin is a top-ranked state in organic agriculture. Since 2002, Wisconsin has ranked second only to California for the total number of organic farms in the United States. The 2007 Census of Agriculture found that Wisconsin had 1,443 certified and uncertified organic farms. In 2009, the USDA National Organic Program listed 1,026 certified organic farms in Wisconsin.

Despite the recession, the outlook for Wisconsin’s organic industry is positive. Wisconsin organic dairy farms with favorable financial performance in 2009 are likely to perform well in 2010. The coming year could bring an upswing in the market for organic feed grains, due to weather-related crop issues in 2009.

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Download figures from this report:
Figure 1: Estimates of the number of organic farms in Wisconsin, 2001-2009
Figure 2: Distribution of certified organic farms in Wisconsin
Figure 3a: Number of organic beef farms at different herd sizes
Figure 3b: Number of organic dairy farms at different herd sizes
Figure 3c: Number of organic poultry farms at different flock sizes
Figure 4: Percentage of farms in different size categories
Figure 5a: Acreage of organic crop farms
Figure 5b: Acreage of organic livestock farms
Figure 5c: Acreage of organic dairy farms
Figure 5d: Acreage of organic vegetable farms
Figure 5e: Acreage of organic poultry farms
Figure 6a: Top five states in number of organic farms
Figure 6b: Top five states in number of organic dairy farms
Figure 6c: Top six states in number of organic livestock and poultry farms
Figure 6d: Top five states in number of organic beef farms
Figure 6e: Top five states in number of organic crop farms
Figure 6f: Top five states in number of organic vegetable and melon farms
Figure 7a: Top five states in dollar amount of organic product sales
Figure 7b: Top five states in dollar amount of organic dairy sales
Figure 7c: Top five states in dollar amount of organic livestock and poultry sales
Figure 7d: Top five states plus Wisconsin (#9) in dollar amount of organic vegetable and melon sales
Figure 7e: Top five states plus Wisconsin (#11) in dollar amount of organic crop sales
Figure 8a: Wisconsin organic cost-share applicants
Figure 8b: Wisconsin organic cost-share payments
Figure 8c: Average certification cost for Wisconsin cost-share applicants
Figure 8d: Number and type of Wisconsin 2009 organic cost-share businesses