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

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.