Institute for Sustainable Agriculture will incorporate several CALS and Extension programs

The UW-Madison has created a new center, The Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The center will
be established immediately. It will unify several programs, centers and units within CALS and UW–Extension under one umbrella structure. All of the units involved address issues broadly associated with the management of agricultural systems and natural resources. This change was announced in a Jan. 3 memo from the Provost.

These groups include the following highly successful and closely linked programs:

  • Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM)
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS)
  • Pesticide Use and Risk Reduction (PURR)
  • Inter-regional Research Project 4 (IR4)
  • Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT)

These programs have been created independently over several decades in response to the needs of clientele groups or to address emerging agricultural and natural resource challenges facing the state of Wisconsin. The funding, structure, administration and goals of the programs are, of necessity, diverse and inevitably there is some overlap. Other complementary programs, particularly the UWEX Environmental Resources Center (ERC), comprise the foundation for Extension’s natural resource programming in water quality, forestry, and citizen environmental education.