Farm to Fork


Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

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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

Poultry Enterprise Budget Makes Management Decisions Easier

Posted March 2003

Low commodity prices have inspired many farmers to look at alternative enterprises, like poultry production, to increase their farm income. With careful financial planning and management, poultry enterprises can make money for farmers.

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a budget to help farmers make financial and management decisions for new and existing poultry enterprises. By entering specific data from their poultry operations, farmers can use the four-page spreadsheet to create budgets or weigh the pros and cons of expanding their operations.

While the poultry enterprise budget was developed for a CIAS project focused on raising broilers on pasture, it will work for enterprises ranging from broilers and egg production to quail and turkeys, and nearly everything in between.

The poultry enterprise budget and a detailed instruction booklet are available on the CIAS web site: The budget is an Excel 2000 spreadsheet. County Extension offices may be able to help farmers download and work with the budget if they are unable to access it at home.

The budget was created by Robert Luening, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW-Madison and Don Schuster, CIAS project economist.

Schuster recommends reading the instructions thoroughly before using the budget spreadsheet, which was developed for farmers with some farm management experience.

CIAS is part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UW-Madison. Since 1989, CIAS has built research programs that emphasize healthy farms and food. CIAS programs respond to farmers’ and citizens’ needs and involve them in setting research agendas.


Writer: Brianne Boettcher