Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Date: January 21-23, 2018
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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

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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

Soil Fertility Field Days

Posted November 2008

Fresh market vegetable farmers and University specialists examined soil fertility management strategies and practices at two October field days. The first event was held on the farm of Henry Brockman near Congerville, Illinois on October 20 and attracted 30 people. Henry detailed his four-year rotation that features two years of perennial cover crops to build organic matter, improve soil structure, and provide fertility to subsequent vegetable crops. On October 29, veteran organic grower Steve Pincus described the diverse fertility management practices he uses on his Evansville, Wisconsin farm to over 60 people. In addition to using cover crops like rye and vetch, Steve applies various inputs—including leaf compost, chopped alfalfa hay and soy meal—depending on the crop, season and situation. CIAS staffer John Hendrickson coordinated these events as part of a USDA SARE-funded project examining soil fertility strategies on organic vegetable farms.