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Be Outstanding in Your Field

Taking Your Skills to the Next Level

At Holistic Management International (HMI) we believe the education of ranchers, farmers and land stewards is fundamental to the success of creating a sustainable future and there’s no better place to start than training natural resource professionals in Holistic Management® practices. By collaborating with agencies and organizations, we can enhance the effectiveness of professionals by adding more tools to their land resource management toolbox. HMI has provided professional development training and integration into existing resource management protocols to Cooperative Extension, NRCS, USFS, BLM, and producer educators. Many of these programs have been funded by the USDA as well as private foundations or by government contract.

A Tailored Approach to Whole Farm/Ranch Planning

HMI, health Land, Sustainable Future, Professional Training in Sustainable AgricultureThese training programs are tailored to the unique needs of the entity requesting them and the time allotted. All of these programs are experiential and provide opportunity for creating financial and resource management plans as well as explor­ing issues of leadership, communication, and organizational structure.

NRCS Course Receives High Marks

HMI recently taught an Advanced Conservation Course to 25 NRCS agency professionals.

  • 100% of participants increased their overall knowledge of Holistic Management practices

  • 75%  of respondents would recommend the event to others

  • Most indicated they are better positioned to integrate their knowledge of grazing and financial planning and decision making into their work with land owners

Enhanced Skills = Positive Outcomes

The purpose of these training sessions is to increase the industry professionals’ skill level in several significant areas. As a result they are better equipped to:

  • Introduce producers to additional ways of managing their land
  • Work more effectively with producers on every level (interpersonal skills)
  • Work with producers to understand their farm/ranch goals and provide recommendations that will assist them in those goals
  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of whole farm/ranch planning
  • Address producer’s questions and concerns about planning issues
  • Improve professional skills and increase the number of tools in the professional’s toolbox in areas of decision making and analysis, grazing planning, financial planning, biological monitoring, and land planning so they can become more effective in their positions

HMI has Proudly Served These Clients

  • Audubon SocietyHMI Healthy Land, Sustainable Future, Agricultural Education
  • BHP Copper
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Chico State University
  • Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Cornell University
  • Heifer International
  • Land Stewardship Project
  • Michigan State University
  • Navajo Nation
  • New England Small Farm Institute
  • Ohio State University
  • Organic Materials Review Institute
  • SAGRAPA (Mexican Dept. of Agriculture)
  • Tufts University
  • United Nations Environmental Programme
  • United States Forest Service
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Maine
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wisconsin
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Washington State University
  • White Earth Tribal & Community College
  • World Vision

Choose Your Course of Action

  • Two-day modules for staff and/or producers
  • Five-day comprehensive overview of decision-making process, ecosystem analysis, financial planning, grazing planning, and land planning
  • A series of three-day intensives on selected components of whole farm planning
  • Two-year certification training program to train employees as Holistic Management Certified Educators
  • Potential to earn Continuing Education Credits

Whole Farm Planning Training Modules

  • Introduction to Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Planning – Improve Results on Your Farm or Ranch
  • Holistic Financial Planning - Plan for Success
  • Holistic Grazing Planning – Increase Forage and Animal Productivity
  • Holistic Land Planning – Create the Farm or Ranch of Your Dreams
  • Holistic Biological Monitoring – Boots on the Land – Monitor for Success