Farmer, rancher business sessions set for Montrose next month

carrizo-cows-SMALLThe Montrose Daily News has taken note of our upcoming Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Business Planning course in Montrose Colorado.  Read the article.

If you are interested in enrolling in the course. We are offering scholarships and we still have a few slots open. Get More Information

North Dakota Practitioners in the News

We’ve always very excited here when Holistic Management practitioners get recognized in the news media for the results they achieve. Here’s a couple of excerpts from a news story from KXNews on Cody and Deanna Sand from Ashley, North Dakota

“Actually we sold a lot of equipment we didn’t need. We kind of cleaned up a lot of debt by getting rid of a lot of items we didn’t need anymore; to be a little more low input.”

“We’ve noticed in the past few years that we’ve probably doubled our production on a lot of land just by giving it more rest days, having the cattle in it for a shorter period. “

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Joshua Dukart

Holistic Management Certified Educator, Joshua Dukart

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According to the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition,  the Sands started learning Holistic Management in 2011 in a course taught by Holistic Management Certified Educator Joshua Dukart.  They are continuously working on improving their soil health and quality of life while minimizing  inputs and changed to calving in sync with nature.

If you like the results the Sands are achieving, be sure to check out the various training programs HMI offers to farmers and ranchers.  All of which are taught by Holistic Management Certified Educators.

Practitioners honored for their work

Holistic Mangement Practitioners, Birdwell & Clark Ranch

 

We are so proud of Holistic Management practitioners and HMI supporters, Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell of the Birdwell/Clark Ranch in Texas.  They have been awarded the 2014 UNT Quail Keystone Ranch Award.  The award honors ranchers who participate in UNT Quail research, implement quail management practices and demonstrate improvement in quail population numbers, and host UNT Quail field days or educational events for the North Texas region.  As a matter of fact, Deborah and Emry hosted on of HMI’s Cows & Quail programs last year. Here’s an excerpt from an article Matt Kelton of the Pioneer Sentinel wrote.

Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell manage the 14,200 Birdwell and Clark Ranch east of Henrietta. Clark and Birdwell focus on wildlife sustainability and sustainable grazing through holistic management practices, and have seen a 452 percent improvement in bobwhite quail populations on their land this fall, earning them the 2014 UNT Quail Keystone Ranch Award. Their efforts were honored during a reception held in Dallas on Nov. 13.  Read More….

I had the honor of meeting Deborah at the recent Holistic Management Rendezvous 2014 and was impressed with her enthusiasm, skill, and commitment to the practice of Holistic Management and her support of HMI.

Congratulations Deborah and Emry!!!

Canadian Holistic Management practitioners in the news

I just came across this nice little article about Holistic Management practitioners Connie Smith and  The Western Producer LogoBrian Chrisp in Alberta Canada. Here’s an excerpt from article, written by Karen Morrison and published in the Western Producer

This warm day, Chrisp shows off animals grazing belly deep in grass and pastures with a dense trash cover.

“When looking at the grasses in pastures, it goes without saying it’s working,” said Smith, who was raised on a grain farm near Govan, Sask.

Chrisp owns eight quarters and rents another seven quarters of pasture for the 150 purebred cows he keeps on abundant stands of grass. He winters about 350, buying most of his feed, and sells purebred bulls at a sale in April each year.

“There’s no crop farmer in me. I love grass and cattle,” said Chrisp, who has also taught farm management and cow-calf production at nearby Lakeland College.

“I like cows rather than tractor operations.”

He adopted holistic management practices, including shorter grazing periods and longer rest periods, to better manage grass and extend the grazing season.

“I have grass stands that were seeded in 1983 still productive,” said Chrisp.

Read the full article on the Western Producer website.

Workshops center around helping ranchers

Open Gate Mimms Unit, HMI, Holistic Management, new mexico

Deborah Fox from the The Valencia County News-Bulletin attended HMI’s Open Gate: Bar Lazy S Ranch Day and just published  an article.  Here’s and excerpt

Most people picture a little farm with a few cows, chickens and a couple of crop fields when they think of where food comes from.  The reality is that most food comes from large, one-crop agricultural businesses that may be miles away from their dinner table. In New Mexico, the farm-to-plate and buy-local initiatives seem to be gaining momentum, and local farmers and ranchers are rising to the demand.
The Bar Lazy S Ranch in San Clemente held a day of workshops Friday centered around small farm profitability. The workshops focused on how diversification and farming cooperatives can provide some stability in the risky business of food production, and increase local profits…
Read the entire article on the News-Bulletin website>>>

HMI Board Names New ED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HMI Board Names Bryan Weech as Executive Director

Dr. Ann Adams steps into Director, Programs Role

Bryan Weech, Executive Director, HMIAlbuquerque, NM. – The Board of Directors of Holistic Management International, (HMI) are pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Weech as Executive Director effective immediately. In Bryan’s most recent position with the World Wildlife Fund, (WWF), as Director of Livestock & Global Commodity Lead, Bryan was instrumental in working with multiple stakeholders in the beef and dairy industries to find collaborative solutions to increase the sustainability of the livestock industry. Prior to joining WWF, Bryan held numerous positions in the agriculture industry including Director of Pricing and Analysis at Coleman Natural Foods, Analyst at Cattle-Fax, Business Analyst at ConAgra and Chief Operating Officer at Gelbvieh Profit Partners. Bryan holds an MBA and Masters in Animal Science from Colorado State University and a BS in Animal Science and Management from Brigham Young University.

As Executive Director, Bryan will be responsible for partnering with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and direct the implementation of long-term strategic objectives that will enable the communities served by HMI to manage land for a sustainable future. Bryan will be responsible for fundraising, driving HMI’s day-to-day organizational success and delivering sustained results toward HMI’s Holistic Goal.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bryan to the HMI community. Bryan’s experience in both the conventional and sustainable agriculture industry makes him uniquely qualified to reach out to farmers and ranchers that aren’t currently practicing Holistic Management,” states Board President and Holistic Management Certified Educator, Kelly Sidoryk.

“I’m excited to be a part of the important work HMI is doing,” said Weech in a statement. “As HMI celebrates its 30th anniversary year, I look forward to getting out and meeting the community.”

Bryan is replacing Interim CEO, Dr. Ann Adams. Ann will continue at HMI as Director, Programs. Kelly Sidoryk adds, “The entire board would like to acknowledge and thank Ann for her excellent leadership as Interim CEO. She’s done a remarkable job in streamlining processes, effectively utilizing resources, and determining HMI’s vision for the future. We look forward to working with Bryan, Ann and the great team we have at HMI.”

About HMI: HMI is an Albuquerque-based international non-profit organization whose mission is to educate people to manage land for a sustainable future. They accomplish this by motivating, connecting, supporting and training farmers, ranchers, and land stewards through the practice of Holistic Management, a Whole Farm/Ranch Planning System that addresses and improves environmental health, sustains economic viability, and enhances the quality of life of farm and ranch communities.

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Rancher hosts seminar on ranching success

Open ate JX Ranch Day, Tom Sidwell, HMI Holistic Management

Our latest Open Gate learning day is in the news. It’s always good to see Holistic Management Practitioners and Open Gate Hosts like Tom Sidwell from JX Ranch  getting well deserved recognition in their areas.  Steve Hansen wrote an article in the Quay County County . Here’s an excerpt…

Quay Valley rancher Tom Sidwell has acquired a reputation as a successful user of agricultural practices that are considered sustainable and holistic, and on Saturday, he hosted a group of 50 like-minded farmers and ranchers from as far away as Oklahoma and Colorado to show them how he does it.

Sidwell not only showed them how, but how well he has succeeded by using new-age ranching techniques.

The bottom line: these techniques hold water—quite literally. His assigned subject for the day was successful ranching during a drought.  Read More….

If you are currently practicing Holistic Management on your farm or ranch and are interesting in possibly hosting an Open Gate day in your area, please contact Ann Adams, Director of Programs to find out more.

And if you would like to attend an Open Gate, check out the programs page to see this year’s schedule.

Healthy soil makes for healthy humans

Holistic Management Certified Educator,

“The more diverse an agricultural system, the more stable it be-comes. Diversity is always the norm in a natural system, but our modern farming systems have come to value the opposite “monoculture,” which is inherently unstable. As a result, we have a crop protection industry that supplies products to prop up this unnatural system.

Production tends to go up and pests become less of a problem if we design systems that are more diverse.”

HMI Healthly Land, Sustainable FutureRead then entire article here.

 

Holistic grazing management is wholly different approach

Holistic Management Certified Educator and practitioner, Ralph Tate is in the news.  Ralph recently partnered with the Practical Farmers of Iowa and the Land Stewardship Alliance to give Ralph-Tate.crop;jpga well received course in Holistic Grazing Planning.  Here’s an excerpt from the article…

There are a lot of complexities around grazing; some are controllable, like not allowing overgrazing, and others, like weather events, are not. Holistic Management aims to reduce the complexity with a step-by-step approach to grazing planning with the understanding that in working with a biological system, things may not work out exactly as expected.

“No plan survives contact with reality,” Tate said.

The nitty gritty of holistic grazing management revolves around a grazing chart that Holistic Management International offers in paper or software form at holisticmanagement.org. Tate developed the software on his own and HMI offered to sell it to practitioners. The chart includes seven month portions, each divided into 31 day sections.

Be sure to read the entire article written by Lisa Young  in AgriNews.

HMI and our Holistic Management Certified Educators offer numerous classes for producers interested in decision making that enables them to meet their goals in a sustainable manner. Check out our event calendar to see what’s going on.

Women Leaders in the Field

Our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast & Texas program continues to get national recognition from the press.  Kelly Eisenbarger just wrote an article published in the April 2014 issue of Acres USA.  Kelly writes…

Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Texas participate in the program. The wide demographics are a tool to reach the goal of 14,400 more customers having access to a sustainable food system as the women increase their knowledge, continue to plan more effectively, and implement those plans so that they improve their ability to manage all resources whether human, financial or natural.

Kelly goes on to highlight some of the amazing women who are successfully building farms and ranches with the knowledge and support they’ve received from HMI.

Read the entire article >> Women Leaders in the Field, Acres USA article

Beginning Women Farmers, Texas Group, HMIIf you are a beginning women farmer or rancher with less than 10 years experience are you are interested in applying for the program, we will begin accepting applications for the 2014/2015 season starting late spring or summer. Contact HMI to be added to our interest list.

We also can’t thank the USDA NIFA BFRD organization enough for their grant, (#2012-49400-19673) , which allows HMI to run the program.

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