Our long-term vision is to develop an Institute whose networking with client groups helps develop and share knowledge that promotes a diverse Wisconsin agricultural and food system that is environmentally sound, socially just, and economically viable.

More specifically, the Institute will promote research, education and outreach programs that:

  • Are trans-disciplinary and implement a systems approach to the study of food and agricultural production throughout the supply chain.
  • Stimulate innovative and entrepreneurial relationships within and beyond UW-Madison and UW-Extension.
  • Engage stakeholders, including but not limited to growers, food processors, retailers, public agencies, non-government organizations, and citizens.
  • Develop or support farmer/stakeholder networks as a means of stakeholder-to-stakeholder outreach.
  • Develop and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning experiences.
  • Involve place-based learning and extension, beyond the laboratory or research station and in conjunction with stakeholders, when appropriate.
  • Focus on current issues or opportunities in Wisconsin agriculture and food production, and are nimble and adaptable to a changing society and landscape.
  • Are based on our current collective strengths, but add value beyond current efforts.
  • Value and promote the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture as a strength and form of resiliency.