Helping beginning farmers grow

The spring 2012 issue of Grow magazine is in the mail. The cover story, “Growing Future Farmers” looks at a variety of ways in which CALS is involved in helping beginning farmers from all backgrounds sink roots in the business of growing food. Those efforts range for the Farm and Industry Short Course—the state’s longest-running agricultural education program—to the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers to the Milwaukee-based non-profit Growing Power. Another feature in the issue looks at water issues in the Central Sands, where a number of lakes and streams are drying up. The article tells how CALS is leading an initiative to bring together scientists, farmers, local residents and environmental advocates to understand the issue and find solutions. A third feature looks at innovative local businesses that were started based on discoveries in CALS labs.