The Winter, 1993-4 issue of Connections, the newsletter of the Center
for Integrated Agricultural Systems, is now available. This issue
* An update on the formation and activities of the Grazing-based
Dairy Systems interest group. This group of farmers, researchers,
students, and others is applying an interdisciplinary, systems-oriented
approach toward on-farm and on-station research on intensive,
rotational grazing in the Upper Midwest.
* A report on the Agricultural Technology and Family Farm Institute's
recent citizens' forum on NAFTA, GATT and Wisconsin agriculture.
* CIAS's experiences hosting four agriculturalists from Russia and
Kasakhstan who came to Wisconsin to learn more about sustainable
agriculture, alternative marketing, urban/rural links, whole-farm
nutrient management, and farmer networks.
* How the Nutrient and Pest Management program is developing a
sourcebook for county-based soil and water conservation
demonstrations that combine agronomics and social science to
encourage adoption of sustainable practices.
* A CIAS research report on how scouting can reduce pesticide use
and reduce hazards on Christmas tree farms, and the sustainable
agriculture research vision of the UW entomologist doing this
* Information on the founding and activities of the Wisconsin Farm
Entry/Exit Coalition, a multi-agency, statewide effort to construct
comprehensive programming to support farm transfers and establish
information and support networks linking beginning and retiring
We'll send you a copy for free. Contact me at the address below, or
via Internet, or call (608) 262-8018.
CIAS is housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and fosters the
study of relationships between farming practices, farm profitability,
the environment, and rural economies. The Center promotes an
integrated approach to research on agricultural issues, and receives
its oversight from an 11-person Citizens Advisory Council.
Center for Integrated Ag. Systems
Ag. Technology and Family Farm Institute
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Voice: (608) 262-8018
FAX: (608) 265-3020
Sec'y: (608) 265-2908 or 262-5200