Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in Madison

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

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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

Urban horticulture

Posted August 2008

booth at Urban Horticulture Field DayCIAS staff member John Hendrickson was at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station Urban Horticulture Field Day on Saturday, August 16th. He encouraged home gardeners to use cover crops to build soil organic matter, add nutrients, and improve soil tilth. A small plot of sample cover crops was available for gardeners to see crops such as buckwheat, soybeans, annual rye, and clover. John encourages urban gardeners to focus on cover crops that are easy to establish, manage, and incorporate as opposed to more heavy duty cover crops such as winter rye and vetch that are better suited to farms.