Citizens Advisory Council


2018 OGRAIN Winter Conference

Date: January 26-27, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus

2018 GrassWorks Grazing Conference

Date: January 30-February 1, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Farmers Union 87th Annual State Convention

Date: February 2-4, 2018
Location: Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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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

Smith, Daniel

Posted January 2016

Daniel Smith serves as Administrator of the Division of Agriculture Development at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Smith guides the marketing of the state’s agricultural products locally, regionally and internationally. He also directs the farm and business development services available through the division. Smith is a graduate of UW-Madison. He operated his own dairy farm in northwestern Illinois for thirty years. His farm incorporated sustainable practices including rotational grazing, crop rotations, cover crops, soil and animal nutrition programs and wildlife habitat preservation. Smith next worked as CEO of Midwestern BioAg in Blue Mounds before being appointed by DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel in October 2013. Under Smith’s direction, the division has placed added emphasis on organic agriculture, livestock grazing, cover crops, specialty crops and diversified farming systems. Smith has reached across agriculture to emphasize the importance of sustainable agriculture systems and markets for the betterment of Wisconsin’s citizens and environment.