Sorghum Proclaimed The New Wonder Grain

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A recent article in The Guardian reports how sorghum is being touted as better than quinoa which has begun to take more market share as one of

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the ancient grains that is gluten free and high protein. Sorghum is one of the the top five grains grown in the world, but it has been largely ignored in the U.S. until recently. From a farming perspective what is particularly attractive about sorghum is that it is drought-tolerant and uses/needs less water. As always, when looking at a new enterprise, do a gross profit analysis and run it through all the testing questions. If you haven’t downloaded our free Introduction to Holistic Management manual that steps you through the testing process, you can download it for free.

Holistically Managed Tallow Skincare on Sale!

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Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone or maybe looking to spoil yourself? Try these amazing holistically managed tallow skincare items! 10% off + free shipping AND an additional 10% will be donated to HMI through the month of February.

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We LOVE our customers! And we love giving to an organization who is working hard to give our population a sustainable and healthy future — a cause very dear to our ❤️! We believe the health of our planet and its inhabitants rely on human management decisions regarding land and water, especially for agricultural use.

Holistic Management International educates people on how to manage land by implementing whole-farm planning systems. These systems are in use today on more than 40 million acres over 6 continents! Our support helps HMI address the environmental, economic, and social issues farmers and ranchers face.

Come celebrate the Month of Love with Buffalo Gal Grassfed Beauty: Receive 10% off all purchases PLUS free shipping with coupon code ourvalentine16. By the way, we are family farmers practicing holistic management!

AND an additional 10% of sales will be donated to Holistic Management International. It’s a great way to save on your favorite tallow skincare products while giving to such an important organization!”

-Shalley Carrell, Carrell Farms, Inc. and Buffalo Gal Grassed Beauty

Grazing Creates Healthy & Beauty to Landscape

TomKat RanchMelanie Parker of the Sonoma County Regional Parks wrote a great article in the Press Democrat about how good grazing can improve the landscapes in California. She writes about how they are using grazing there to heal the land, but as we all know in the Holistic Management community, grazing is being used around the world to do this same good work. Thanks to the Holistic Management community for their work on improving grasslands, farmlands, or rangelands–making the world a better place!

Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning in Montrose, CO

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New and experienced farmers and ranchers can learn how to better manager their businesses with the techniques we teach in our Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course. Let us help you gain the knowledge and tools you need to create a sustainable, healthy agricultural enterprise. Because we know farming and ranching isn’t just your livelihood – it’s your passion!

Due to grant funding, each course (valued at $800 each) is priced at $100 per person with advanced online registration, but space is limited. The walk-in rate, if available, will be $150 per person so don’t delay!

For those who need a little help with the fee, the Terry Gompert Memorial Scholarship fund allows HMI to offer full and partial scholarships. Just remember, scholarship deadlines come before registration deadlines, so apply early!

Montrose, Colorado

Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning
DATES: February 19-20, March 4-5, March 18-19, 2016
ADVANCED REGISTRATION CLOSES: February 7, 2016
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: February 1, 2016
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Many thanks to our sponsors and collaborators for making these courses possible.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

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Grange Farm School Offers Holistic Student Farming Program in California

DSC_1419-XLHMI has been partnering with the Grange Farm School in Willits, California to add more Holistic Management Programming into their curriculum and to provide Holistic Management training to local farmers and ranchers. In fact, we are in the middle of a Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning series that is sold out.

We wanted to let our network know that the Grange Farm School is now accepting applications (deadline is March 1st) for their  14-week residential Student Program starting in April or July, which offers you the tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields.

IMG_3919-XLYou will live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock. Guest instructors and staff members provide a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production, supported by an understanding of the theory and history of our food systems. You will leave with hands-on practical experience, and a framework for thinking outside the box, creative decision making, and communication that improves your business planning, community networking, and relationship building .

grangeGrange Farm School programs are designed for practical people who are ready to make a difference in the real world. Students with a desire to enter a career in agriculture equipped with essential skills, knowledge, and resources. Students who want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and small businesses this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative and profitable enterprises. Take the next step by contacting them at [email protected] or visiting their website: www.grangefarmschool.org OR blog: www.grangefarmschool.wordpress.com

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Holistic Management of Sheep, Goats and Cattle

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Open Gate: Dry Creek Livestock Day

Part of TOFGA’s 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop Series

February 11, 2016
Dry Creek Livestock
Poetry, TX (near Terrell, TX)

Dry CreTofgaek Livestock Day is a collaboration between HMI and Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (TOFGA) as part of TOFGA’s pre-conference workshop series and is part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. You can register for just this day or for the whole conference!

Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.dry-creek-livestock-goat-for-web

Whether you are an agricultural producer or just interested in sheep, goats or grass-fed cattle and/or healthy food, this is a day for you.

We’ll discuss the connection between soil health, animal health and human nutrition and how you can holistically manage sheep, goats and/or cattle for a more productive and more prosperous farm or ranch.

For more details and to register >>

USDA Revokes Grassfed Label Standard

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The USDA’s  Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) revoked the labeling standard for grassfed meat that many organizations have been working on developing the last 4 years. It had been finalized in 2006, and was supported by many national farm and consumer organizations.

AMS cited the key reason for this revoking based on potential confusion between  the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), which must approve meat labels and the AMS labeling grassfed standards which might not be approved the food inspectors.

The Federal Register notice on January 12th does give producers using the grassfed label 30 days to either change their current label into a private standard or develop a new grassfed standard of their own. For example there are other grassfed labels such as the American Grassfed Association standard that grassfed producers can still use if they want to have a national labeling.

The grass fed label claim standard now being revoked originally focused on such criteria as grass, forbs, and forage needed to be 99 percent or more of the feed during the lifetime of the grassfed livestock after weaning.

To read more about this issue, click here.

To read about the benefits of how properly managed grassfed animals help improve soil health and mitigate climate change, visit HMI’s webpage about soil health.

Register Now for Canadian Holistic Management Conference

cahmThe Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference is fast approaching. This year it will be held on
February 14 – 16, 2016 in Russell Manitoba at the Russell Inn & George P Buleziuk Conference Center. The early bird special ends on January 22nd, so save money now! This conference always gets great reviews. This year presenters include:

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Kier Barker

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Gabe Brown

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Arden Anderson

Several producer panels

Registration includes all coffee breaks, two breakfasts, two lunches and the banquet and admission to all sessions.
Registration $185 per person
Late after January 22nd is $200 per person
Student $120 per person

To register online please visit Canadian Forage and Grassland Association website.

Impact of Decline of Wild Bees

A new UVM study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, west Texas and the Mississippi River valley that face a worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand. (PNAS doi:10.1073.pnas.1517685113)

A new UVM study of wild bees identifies 139 counties in key agricultural regions of California, the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, west Texas and the Mississippi River valley that face a worrisome mismatch between falling wild bee supply and rising crop pollination demand. (PNAS doi:10.1073.pnas.1517685113)

The University of Vermont completed the first national study to map U.S. wild bees. As can be seen by the map, there is concern that they are disappearing in critical areas of croplands, particularly in the Midwest, California, West Texas, Mississippi Valley, and the Pacific Northwest. Because bees are so critical for pollination, this loss will mean that farmers will face increasing costs to raise the same crops. It will also affect the U.S. ability to produce food. In particular, crops such as pumpkins, watermelons, pears, peaches, plums, apples, and blueberries have experienced the greatest loss while having greater pollination needs so they seem the most at risk in these areas. Many Holistic Management practitioners work to improve diversity of plants on their land as well as use practices to increase soil health and encourage insects that help plant growth and vigor such as wild bees.

The Ten Main Threats to Soil Health

Gail Fuller shows the biomass he can grow with his cover crop seeding.

Gail Fuller shows the biomass he can grow with his cover crop seeding.

Here’s a great little infographic from the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)about soil health and the need for good soil management. According to FAO to achieve healthy soil, we need to focus on the 10 main threats to soil functions: soil erosion, soil organic carbon loss, nutrient imbalance, soil acidification, soil contamination, waterlogging, soil compaction, soil sealing, salinization and loss of soil biodiversity. Holistic Management has been used by farmers and ranchers to address all of these issues. You can learn more about how they’ve done that on our soil health page.