EVENTS

Agroecology Barn Dance

Date: October 14, 2017, 6:30-10:30pm
Location: Cates Family Farm, Spring Green, WI
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CIAS Harvest Dinner 2017

Date: October 29, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison
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Edible Startup Summit

Date: November 17-18, 2017
Location: American Family Center, Madison, WI
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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



2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

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The 2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference will be held November 28-29th at the UW-Madison Pyle Center in Madison, WI.

Register online

Registration fees
$185 for Nov. 28 and 29
$130 for Nov. 28 only
$75 for Nov. 29 only
Reduced rate for students/farmers (limited number available to earliest registrants): $45 each day

Lodging
A block of rooms has been reserved for this conference at the Lowell Center. These rooms will be held until October 27.
Reserve your room online: bit.ly/greenlnd27nov
Reserve your room by phone: Call 866-301-1753 and use the group code GREENLND

Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) is a regional consortium of Mississippi River watershed partners working to improve soil and water quality by increasing continuous living cover on the agricultural landscape. The theme of this year’s conference, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is Continuous Living Cover: Bridging the Gaps with Livestock. Now in its sixth year, the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference is a gathering place for agency, university and nonprofit staff, and farmers and other citizens who share an interest in conservation in the Mississippi River watershed and beyond.

As Sir Albert Howard said, “Mother earth never attempts to farm without livestock.“ From cover crops to native grasslands, year-round living vegetation maintains soil health and water quality. The conference will explore how livestock can support and sustain cover crops, perennial grains, agroforestry systems, perennial forages and bioenergy crops by converting perennial grasses and cover crops to high quality human food, closing nutrient cycles and stimulating soil biology. The conference includes a variety of plenary speakers and breakout sessions featuring innovative projects from farmers, researchers, and, agency and nonprofit staff. A reception at the University Club in Madison will be held at 6 pm on Tuesday, November 28.

Download the full conference agenda

Register for the poster session: We seek posters that provide ideas and information relevant to the goals of Green Lands, Blue Waters and the following topics: cover crops, agroforestry, perennial forages, perennial biomass, and perennial grains. Deadline for submission is October 25. Download the application form (this form has fillable fields when downloaded)

Speakers will include:

  • Keynote: The Two Faces of Livestock Farming: Solving or Causing Water Pollution – How Do We Move to Regenerative Livestock Systems?
    Nicolette Hahn Niman
    , author of Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Beef Production – The Manifesto of an Environmental Attorney and Vegetarian Turned Cattle Rancher
  • Randy Jackson, Professor of Grassland Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an advocate for grass-based agriculture
  • Laura Jackson, Biology Professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Director of its Tallgrass Prairie Center, and author of The Farm as a Natural Habitat
  • Steve Apfelbaum, Founder and Chairman of Applied Ecological Services, one of the country’s leading ecological consultants, and author of the award-winning book Nature’s Second Chance

Register online

Conference sponsors

Gold level

Green Lands, Blue Waters
The Land Institute
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Silver level

Applied Ecological Services
The Nature Conservancy
The Pasture Project, Wallace Center
Wisconsin SARE

Bronze level

GrassWorks, Inc.
Savanna Institute
St. Croix River Association
University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wisconsin Farm Bureau
Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association
Wisconsin Wetlands Association





For more information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities, contact Pam Porter at pporter@wisc.edu or 608-575-2055.