Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Web Name: Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems






COVID-19 Update As part of the rapidly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIAS office is closed. Staff are working remotely through at least December 2020. details 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 Fertilizing fields with manure from dairy farms can contribute to elevated levels of phosphorus in waterways. Researchers at UW-Madison hypothesized that composting manure before spreading it on fields would reduce this problem. more When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, we immediately began to hear from our farmer collaborators about disruptions in the agricultural and food system. more We, the staff at UW-Madison CIAS, are reaching out in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. more Dr. Hemme discusses approaches to balancing supply and demand, both in short-term, emergency situations and at the longer-term, structural level. more Recently updated Price Tags/Cost Tags illustrate the environmental, social and health costs behind chicken, dairy products, eggs, hamburgers, potatoes, apples and tomatoes. more Compass Tools are designed to help growers improve on-farm decision making and financial farm planning. A new and improved Livestock Compass spreadsheet is now available for meat and egg producers on CIAS's Compass Toolbox website. more The goal of the Apples to Apples Project was to help hard cider growers—and makers—select apple varieties for a high-quality, artisanal product. To accomplish this, researchers compared the results of laboratory analysis and tastings of single-varietal ciders to identify desirable flavor characteristics. more In 2018-19, CIAS engaged in participatory research driven by the needs of small and medium Wisconsin farms and related businesses. Not only does this participatory approach help us identify potential research projects, it also humanizes the stark statistics that chronicle the enduring agricultural crisis. more

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