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

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

UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Posted September 2016

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state’s 72 counties.

Kat and Tony have long-standing ties to CIAS. Both serve on the CIAS Citizens Advisory Council, which meets twice a year to inform our research and outreach priorities. Additionally, Kat worked with CIAS while pursuing her graduate degree.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association’s story about Kat and Tony begins:

As a farmer at Stoney Acres, UW–Madison alumnus Tony Schultz was invited to a panel discussion where he and others — including a Nobel Prize winner — were asked to answer one question: What does it mean to eat well?

The panel discussion mentioned here was a CIAS event that launched our 25th anniversary celebration in 2014. You can read Tony’s answer to the question at the Stoney Acres Farm website. Tony was joined on the panel by pasture beef producer Jim Munsch, Jonathan Patz of the UW-Madison Global Health Institute, Monica White of the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, and legendary Madison chef Odessa Piper, whose remarks can be read here.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association’s All Ways Forward initiative features stories that highlight a local resident partnering with a UW-Madison program to grow the economy, steward natural resources, improve health or otherwise serve the community.