CIAS research briefs look at innovative, mid-size food firms and perceptions of raw milk

Hello from CIAS! New reports are now available on the CIAS website at Follow the links below to learn more.

New are two Research Briefs that complete our series on innovative enterprises that offer models of how mid-sized farms and ranches can prosper through producing and selling high-quality, differentiated food products. These “mid-scale food value chains” focus on strategic alliances that operate at regional levels, market significant volumes of products and distribute profits equitably among all strategic partners. These briefs are part of a national Agriculture of the Middle Initiative project:
Research Brief 81: Mid-scale food value chains case study: Shepherd’s Grain
Research Brief 82: Mid-scale food value chains case study: Red Tomato

Also available is a new Research Brief on research exploring why consumers buy raw milk and why farmers sell it:

Research Brief 83: Perceptions of raw milk’s risks and benefits

Looking for local food? The 2010 Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas is a free guide to nearly 200 farms, farmers’ markets and other businesses. CIAS, REAP, the Dane County Farmers’ Market, and Friends of the Dane County Farmers’ Market work together to publish this guide to local eating:
2010 Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas