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

Wisconsin Farmers Union Convention

Posted February 2009

Three hundred farmers converged on Wisconsin Rapids for the 78th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union convention, and CIAS was there. Dick Cates, who leads the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers, participated on a panel discussing Wisconsin’s working lands. Convention resolutions that passed included strong support for CIAS and its work on behalf of Wisconsin family farms. The CIAS booth was positioned next to the Organic Valley display, which gave us a chance to catch up with old friends working there.