Crops and Livestock

EVENTS

Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 9am-4pm
Location: Lancaster, WI
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OGRAIN Field Day: Organic Row Crops

Date: September 15, 2016, 1-4pm
Location: Fairview Farms, Cottonwood, MN
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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


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

Grassfed, Organic Meat and Eggs focus of Summer Citizens Advisory Council Meeting

The CIAS Citizens Advisory Council met on July 25 at council member Tom Lutsey's farm near Bailey's Harbor, WI. more

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Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report

Posted February 2015

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The $35 billion U.S. organic industry continues to expand at a brisk pace, with 11.5 percent sales growth in 2012-13. Wisconsin is well positioned to tap into the growing market for organic dairy, livestock, produce and other foods. However, organic grain production is not keeping up with the growing demand for organic livestock feed and food ingredients. In 2012-13, the U.S. imported over $150 million worth of organic grain.

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report provides data on organic production, markets and farmer demographics. This report also includes a special section on organic grain, including possible strategies to increase organic grain production in our state.

Download Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report (PDF)