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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


Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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CIAS 2019-20 Annual Report

Comparing Apples to Apples: Single-Varietal Hard Apple Cider Testing

How Does Organic Management on Dairy Farms Affect Pastures and Soils?

Turning Grain into Dough: Farm Financial Management for Organic Grain and Crop Rotation

Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm

CIAS 2017 Annual Report

Hard Cider in the North Central Region: Industry Survey Findings

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2017 Status Report

Evaluation of Manure Storage Capital Projects in the Yahara River Watershed

Growing Midwestern Tree Nut Businesses: Five Case Studies

Agriculture, transportation and climate change: Considering the future of agricultural freight transport in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field

Invigorating Sustainable Farms and Food: CIAS 2014 Annual Report

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report

Farm to School Toolkits 2.0

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2014 UW-Madison Research Report

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Full Circle

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Home Grown Wisconsin Co-op

Using Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies in University Classes

Values-Based Food Suppy Chain Case Study: Red Tomato

Values-Based Food Suppy Chain Case Study: Country Natural Beef

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Good Earth Farms

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Shepherd’s Grain

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Organic Valley

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Co-op Partners Warehouse

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Idaho’s Bounty

Farm Business Principles for Success

Mentor-Intern Handbook for Dairy and Livestock Farmers

Growing Wisconsin’s Grazing Future: Results of the Blue Sky Greener Pastures Consultation Process

Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2012 Status Report

Cover Crops Case Studies: Gary Sommers Farm

Farm to School Toolkits

Cover Crops Case Studies: JenEhr Family Farm

Value Chain Teaching Materials

Tiers of the Food System: A New Way of Thinking About Local and Regional Food

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2009 Status Report

Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food

Grass-Based Dairy Products: Challenges and Opportunities

Cover Crops on the Intensive Market Farm

Forage Fescues in the Northern USA

How does Managed Grazing Affect Wisconsin’s Environment?

Custom Raising Dairy Heifers: Expectations and Perspectives of Wisconsin Dairy Producers

The Wisconsin Beef Cattle Industry: A Snapshot

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2007 Status Report

Milking More than Profit: Life Satisfaction on Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Uncommon Fruits with Sustainability Potential

Managed Grazing Education and Research in Wisconsin

Would You, Should You, Could You?

Becoming a Certified Organic Producer

If You Serve It, Will They Come?

Cheese from Pastured Cows: Comparing Taste, Texture and Color

Life Satisfaction on Grazing Dairy Farms in Wisconsin

The Future of Managed Grazing

Dairy Your Way

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2005 Status Report

Grazing in the Dairy State

Poultry Your Way

Fruit with Potential for Wisconsin Farms

Overview of Organic Cranberry Production

Specialty Cheese in Wisconsin: Opportunities and Challenges

The Social Implications of Management Intensive Rotational Grazing: An Annotated Bibliography

Pastures of plenty: Financial performance of Wisconsin grazing dairy farms

Working with Retail Buyers

Wisconsin Soil Health Scorecard

Scouting Vegetables for Pests

A Matter of Scale: Small Farms in the North Central Region

CSA Across the Nation: Findings from the 1999 and 2001 CSA Surveys

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2003 Status Report

Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction: An Investment in the Future of Wisconsin Agriculture

Integrated Pest Management: An Overview for Market Growers

Integrated Weed Management for Fresh Market Production

Building Soil Organic Matter with Organic Amendments

The Art and Science of Composting

New Zealand internships provide eye-opening experience

Nurturing the Next Generation of Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers

Selling Certified Organic Produce to Retail Produce Markets in the Upper Midwest

Echinacea as a Tobacco Crop Alternative

Something to Cheer About

Dairy farmer career paths

Regional Food Systems Research: Needs, Priorities, and Recommendations

The Grass IS Greener: Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories

Energy Use in the U.S. Food System: a summary of existing research and analysis

Project evaluates forage production and potential in northern Wisconsin (Research Brief #15)

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