USDA Revokes Grassfed Label Standard

Happy cows moving into new cover crop salad bar at SG&R Farms.

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.

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.

Mexican Holistic Management Workshop January 15-16, 2016

Gerardo Bezanilla

Gerardo Bezanilla

Environmental Services on Holistically Managed Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands
January 15-16, 2016

Ascension, Chihuahua, Mexico

Local Livestock Association Ascension Building

10 am- 5pm

HMI is excited about partnering with Border 2020 Project to help deliver and support this workshop and training in Chihuahua, Mexico. This workshop will demonstrate how Holistic Planned Grazing can restore the health of the natural processes of pastures even in arid areas.

During the workshop, presenters will include livestock specialists dealing with different environmental variables who manage more than 65,000 hectares, including 9 cattle ranches in grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert (8 in Mexico and 1 in USA). These environmental variables are a) concentration and carbon change on the ground, b) fluctuating groundwater levels, c) air pollution by dust particles of wind erosion, and d) ground cover.

Agenda

January 15th
10:00 Gerardo Bezanilla, Border 2020 Project, Holistic Management
11:00 Dr. David DuBois, New Mexico State University, The Effects of Dust
1:00 Lunch on your Own
2:00 Peter Donovan, Carbon Coalition, Carbon Monitoring
4:00 Dr. Carlos Ochoa, Oregon State University, Watershed Management and Riparian Hydrology in Arid Lands

January 16th
This field day will be held from 8:00 am on Rancho Las Lilas, located 25 minutes from Ascension City to Ciudad Juarez, where attendees can see in practice, some of the activities to be undertaken in the project ranches and learn how they can adopt new management practices to restore grasslands.
You get see a map for directions from the Ascension Local Livestock Association, to the Rancho Las Lilas).

This workshop is free and the doors are open to anyone who wants to learn. For more information please contact Gerardo Bezanilla, [email protected], Cel. Mexico (614) 184-1853, Cel. USA (361) 460-8266

Increase in Urban Female Farmers

bwf ny (1)There was an interesting article in Modern Farmer about the increasing numbers of women are getting into farming in North America through urban farming. However only 27 percent of farms in Canada are owned by women and 14 percent in the US. If you don’t inherit land then the cost for land is a huge hurdle for anyone to get into farming. In Canada, land value has increased by 113% from 2000-2012 and Iowa farmland cost increased by 31% in one year. US. Average real estate value is approximately $3000/acre. Given those costs women are using urban landscapes or growing crops like microgreens indoor. As we say in our training programs, you don’t need to own land or animals to farm or grow food. If you want to farm or ranch, develop your holistic goal first to articulate your key values and create your vision for the future. Holistic Management helps you test your decisions toward that holistic goal to more effectively help you achieve your farming and ranching objectives sustainably. HMI has also been training many beginning women farmers. Click here, to learn more about HMI’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Program for both men and women.

Climate Talks Missing Soil’s Carbon Sequestration Potential

Lush cover crop forage for grazing!

Here’s a great op ed in the Washington Post by Michael Pollan and Debbie Barker about how the climate talks are missing the fact that soil plays a critical part in sequestrating carbon or releasing carbon. A third of the carbon in the atmosphere used to be in the soil. Ag practices are the key to putting it back into the soil or keeping it in there or releasing even more carbon into the atmosphere. HMI knows more carbon in the soil means more resilience, productivity, and profit as well as a great list of attendant ecosystem benefits important for everyone. See our soils page for more information.

HMI Joins 4 per 1000 Initiative: Soil for Food Security and Climate

DSC_0420.smallA new 4 per 1000 initiative has been started by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry as the Lima-Paris climate change talks begin. This initiative is focused on getting all the countries involved in the talks to commit to increasing the organic matter on their agricultural lands by .04% to halt climate change. This is the first time there has been an international call and awareness of the importance of soils to sequester carbon.

HMI has joined this initiative formally and will continue our work to help more land stewards improve their soil health through using Holistic Management in managing their lands, finances, and families, and communities. We are proud of our network who is on the front line of this work.

Read the full article at:  The Conversation

To learn about the initiative, click here.

Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Course Results

Curriculum Cover

HMI’s Online Learning Series Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management course began in August 2015 with 29 participants from five different countries around the world. This course focused on key Holistic Management planning concepts and principles to help participants manage their farm/ranch for the triple bottom line (social, environmental, and financial sustainability) and more effectively manage resources. Participants were excited to learn how to improve their ability to observe, understand, and make decisions based on what they can control. Through these new skills participants now have the knowledge and tools to improve their ability to work with nature and to increase productivity. Based on the survey responses, here are the changes that occurred:

Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management Planning Survey Results% Participants -Increased Knowledge or Confidence
Ability to define your management team 100%
Ability to inventory your farms resources100%
Ability to develop a whole farm goal 100%
Ability to identify needed systems and protocols to create a successful farm 100%
Ability to integrate social, economic, and environmental factors into your decisions 100%
Ability to make complex on-farm or ranch decisions100%
Ability to assess ecosystem health100%

Here’s what the participants had to say:

“[Most useful thing was] writing the holistic goal, and thinking how to achieve that.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course.”

“The briefs on ecosystem processes and recognizing their health practically and quickly in the field was by far the most valuable.”

“Very informative given the scope of information covered and limited time.”

“Very good, excellent.”

“[I have a] better understanding of aspects involved in planning and needed for success.”

“Everything we learned was and will be useful moving forward.”

“Overall impression was very good. Learned quite a bit but we have a long way to go. This class gave us the confidence to continue learning HM and taught us not to get stuck on the details. Keep an open mind.”

“Overall, I thought it was a good introduction and helped me get started on using Holistic Management.”

“[Most useful thing was] how to define a holistic goal and the systems and procedures that need to be in place to achieve it.”

 

Passionate Presentations Warm Up a Cold Day in Coolatai, Australia

Judi leads a discussion on forage assessment, utilization and grazing planning

Holistic Management Certified Educator Judi Earl, owner/operator of Glen Orton, leads a discussion on forage assessment, utilization and grazing planning

A tour of Glen Orton

A tour of Glen Orton

Sixty four hardy souls braved the coldest day in Coolatai, New South Wales in many years to attend HMI’s Australian Open Gate held at Glen Orton on July 17th.  Although some registrants weren’t able to attend because they were unexpectedly ‘snowed in’, many people traveled long distances from Queensland, the northern rivers and New England tablelands regions, and the diversity of the audience was a feature of the day.  The presentations, open fires and great food provided the catalyst for the start of many interesting conversations.

Glenn Morris shares about livestock management at Fig Trees Organics

Glenn Morris shares about livestock management at Fig Trees Organics

Judi Earl, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Glen Orton owner/operator shared how she has applied the principles of Holistic Management to regenerate the land and ultimately improve pasture and livestock production.  Since 2011, Judi has been using cattle at Glen Orton to manage Coolatai grass, the dominant low-quality forage in the area.  There was a lively discussion about how she has increased the productivity of her land in spite of 4 years of drought, and how her holistic goal has impacted decisions about health care for her livestock.

 

Other highlights of the day included:

Organic beef pies, compliments of Glenn Morris and Fig Trees Organics

Organic beef pies, compliments of Glenn Morris and Fig Trees Organics

  • Glenn Morris, manager of Fig Trees Organic Farms, passionately presenting on creating a culture of honesty and respect for the land and society in our food production systems.  He shared how they use Holistic Management and organic farming to regenerate ecosystem processes, enhance health and stimulate the economy, and how this creates strength in their marketing.

    A great lineup of presenters:  Phillipa Morris, Judi Earl, Glenn Morris, and Alex Dudley

    A great lineup of presenters: Phillipa Morris, Judi Earl, Glenn Morris, and Alex Dudley

  • Philippa Morris of Peach Trees, discussing how micro-producers can use good environmental management and good livestock handling practices to help market their animals.
  • A delicious lunch featuring Glenn Morris’ organic meat pies.

    Alex Dudley, the biodiversity ‘bug man’ is also a wildlife photographer

    Alex Dudley, the biodiversity ‘bug man’ is also a wildlife photographer

  • Zoologist Alex Dudley inspiring and entertaining with his passionate discussion of biodiversity, and how we are all part of the ecosystem and dependent on biodiversity.

    Warm fires and great discussion

    Warm fires and great discussion

  • A tour of Glen Orton looking at residual herbage and soil surface condition of a number of paddocks recently grazed as well as ones the animals were about to enter.
  • Judi leading an exercise and discussion to assess available feed, plan grazing days, and determine and increase stock density.
  • Gathering around campfires for tea and more discussions
  • Alex pointing out important features of biodiversity in the landscape, and what can be done to retain and create habitat for diverse creatures
  • A good group of participants staying afterwards for a BBQ, drinks and more conversation which eventually wound up around 9pm

Here are some of the comments from participants:

Fantastic

It was a good day despite the cold. Loved Alex the bug man and his knowledge.

Very social, very  informative, very helpful to me personally, and the food was GREAT! Please thank the food providers for me. The pies were delicious, and the salads very special.

Very worthwhile

Thank you for an excellent day at your lovely property on Friday. I’m so glad I ignored every obstacle and  continued on my mission to attend.(Everything was leaning against me!!!!!)

Well put together, very informative, thanks for sharing your knowledge

Very interesting

Lots of interesting talk among people

Very good!

Both of us really appreciate how generous you are with your knowledge and the networking with other producers implementing sustainable and planned grazing and farming practices was encouraging and useful.   Higher stock density and more water to our “POMP = paddock of much potential” are priorities.

Thanks for an interesting and worthwhile open day at Glen Orton. The good food and fires were a bonus.

 Networking – very good

It was great to see your comprehensive plant list.  It is always amazing to see how widespread a lot of species are.

Well done (great food)

 

Here’s what the evaluations showed:

Outcome% Participants
Overall Satisfaction of this event (rated good to excellent):97%
Facilitator's Effectiveness (rated good to excellent):97%
Venue (rated good to excellent):84%
Intent to change management practices/apply ideas you learned in this event? 70%
Intent to complete biological monitoring on your land as a result of today's event? 60%
Expanded network today by meeting new people or learning about resources available to you? 97%
Would recommend this event to others:100%

 

 

Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning Course Results

HMI’s Online Learning Series Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning course began in May 2015 with 25 participants from all around the world. This course focused on key financial principles that helped participants learn how to work on their business, not just in their business. This simple approach to financial planning assisted participants to understand the big picture view as well as make critical production decisions based on a clear sense of cost of production for different enterprises. Participants were able to develop a financial plan and identify ways to implement and monitor that plan. The participants were very excited to learn the key economic analysis tools for improved financial decisions for both annual budgets and for long-term investment.

Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning Course Survey Results% Participants -Increased Knowledge or Confidence
Determining your farm’s/ranch’s net worth 87%
Determining your farm’s/ranch’s projected revenue 88%
Determining the weak link in your farm’s/ranch’s enterprises 88%
Identifying log jam and adverse factors 88%
Getting the profit you need from your farm/ranch after the course 88%
Prioritizing and cutting farm/ranch expenses to guide reinvestment in your farm/ranch after the course 88%
Your attitude towards financial planning after the course 100%
Your ability to determine your farm’s/ranch’s rough net worth (balance sheet) after the course 100%
How to increase your farm’s/ranch’s net worth after the course 100%
Determining viable profitable enterprises for your farm/ranch after the course100%
Determining your farm’s/ranch’s projected revenue after the course 100%
Your skills in developing a whole farm/ranch financial plan after the course 100%
Assessing the cash flow of your plan after the course 100%
Overall satisfaction with the course100%

Here’s what the participants had to say:

“It helped me work towards better decision making and planning for profit, as well as being able to play devil’s advocate on potential new enterprises.”

“The content and ideas are very strong.”

“Excellent.”

“Excellent value and presented so a true beginner is able to begin to grasp the content and immediately start to apply the concepts in a practical – we-can-make-a-profit-this-year sort of way.”

“We learned a lot of valuable information regarding our financial plan. Your time and knowledge is so appreciated.”

“I was handed the tools I need to build my plan.”

Most Useful things I learned:

“The 7 tests on decision making, the overall idea that profit can be planned for, monitoring and that community, financial and environmental aspects actually can happen as a whole.”

“Having a structured and rather straightforward system for monitoring and planning out farm enterprises. Also how this has overlap for other enterprise planning beyond farming such as consulting and other business management.”

“Identifying logjams and weak links. I struggle feeling confident that I have accurately identified the ranch’s problems but at least I am now aware of the importance of viewing the ranch through a lens that’s targeting obstacles and seeking solutions.”

“To identify log jams, to determine net worth and the importance of a financial plan and monitoring it..”

“We have the ability to plot our course, not just respond to circumstances as they arise.”

“How to do the monthly monitoring of expenses and income.”

Featured Participant:

Patricia Maas

Patricia Maas

”The Holistic Management Financial Planning program is one I am very glad to have taken. It’s helped me develop a workable plan for varied enterprises involving ranching and farming.  It’s something that am implementing now and making progress.

This progress is because of learning the varied steps, and tests involved in making sound Holistic Financial decisions. I often work alone and being able to assess situations using the tools learned during this coursework is instrumental in moving forward toward my Holistic Goal. “

Beginning Women Farmer in Texas 2015 Report

 

Beginning women farmers in Texas take turns explaining their land plan options in experiential exercises.

Beginning women farmers in Texas take turns explaining their land plan options in experiential exercises.

HMI’s 2015 Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the NE & Texas program funded by the USDA/NIFA Beginning Farmer/Rancher Development Program, has been going full steam through the winter and spring with some states beginning to wrap up. The Texas program coordinated by HMI’s Program Manager, Peggy Cole, completed all 10 sessions by the end of February. Lead instructor was Holistic Management Certified Educator Peggy Sechrist and mentors for the program were Tracy Litle, Lauri Celella, Kathy Harris, Pam Mitchell, Lauren Bradbury, and Katherine Napper, and CD Pounds. We’ve been busy entering the data and crunching the numbers. Thanks to the USDA/NIFA BFRDP for their support of this program.

Here’s what we’ve learned from our 33 Texas participants who graduated:

Land Planning exercise during Beginning Women Farmer Training

Land Planning exercise during Beginning Women Farmer Training

Demographics

Of the 28 participants responding

  • 27 are currently farming and all plan to continue farming
  • The average years of farming was 4 years (range: 0.2 to 9 years)
  • The average acres under production was 89 acres under production (range: 0.5 to 500 acres) with a total of 2569 under production
  • The average age was 47 years old (range: 24 to 75 years old)
  • The total retail customers of all participants was : 624 and 18 wholesale customers
  • 33 participants were trained and 32 graduated for a 97% graduation rate
  • Overall satisfaction of the program was an average of 94%
Beginning women farmers in Texas explore land planning options

” Beginning women farmers in Texas explore land planning options

Here’s what the participants had to say:

“The network has introduced resources and expertise I may never have encountered.”

“The network has supported me in many ways. With my mentor – my mentor supports me and assists me with such unparalleled generosity and expertise and kindness. She is an invaluable gift. With my mentee team – my fellow mentees are also great supports.”

“I think the relationships I made here have saved my mental health and will greatly enhance my effectiveness as a person for as long as I live.”

“The suggestions from others are invaluable. Seeing what others are doing helps generate ideas.”

“In the BWF network we have teamed up, borrowed equipment, bought/sold equipment & goods/services, exchanged information, troubleshooting, delivered programming, met with 3rd party & mutual friends, been introduced to new clients, etc.”

“My mentor visits are very helpful! Great ideas & knowledge!”

“It helps to know my decisions and goals are shared by others who also struggle to succeed – and some have made it!”

“My mentor will walk the land with me to help me understand our next steps.”

“The relationships w/fellow classmates is incredible.”

“I have made connections that led to borrowing equipment free of charge, volunteer labor and new customer base.”

“I feel like the class provided an inspiring network of other beginning & established farms & ranches with a wealth of knowledge & resource. Learned of new mentors & programs.”

“I know I can turn to many of these women, especially in my management club, with questions or for help in need. To have this support is invaluable.”

 

Katherine Napper Ottmer reviewing the testing questions during a land planning class.

Katherine Napper Ottmer reviewing the testing questions during a land planning class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results of Surveys

BWF PARTICIPANT BEHAVIOR CHANGE (completion of plans) % of participants
Holistic Goal/Whole Farm Plan 97%
Financial Plan 93%
Business Plan 78%
Marketing Plan 81%
Land Plan 100%
Biological Monitoring 90%
Grazing Plan (grazers in group) 95%
Forge Relationships That Positively Impacted You 100%

 

Tracy Litle explains concepts of brainstorming options during land planning

Tracy Litle explains concepts of brainstorming options during land planning

Post-Program Outcome Changes
Topic % Participants ExperiencingChange
Increased satisfaction with Quality of Life 79%
Increased satisfaction with Communication 86%
Increased satisfaction with Time Management 86%
Increased satisfaction with Ability to Determine Needed Profit 93%
Increased satisfaction with Ability to Make Complex Decisions 97%

 

 

Post-Session Impacts Achieved Percent of Participants
Human Resource Management  
Clearer sense of what you are managing towards 100%
Better Ability to Determine Resources Available to You 100%
More Efficient Use of Resources 90%
Improved Communications on the Farm 86%
Improved Decision Making 90%
New Policies and Systems Implemented 83%
Better Relationships 79%
Financial Resource Management  
Increased Farm Profits 21%
Increased Net Worth 21%
Increased Gross Income as result of training 43%
Ability to Identify Business Challenges from Previous Years 76%
Strategies for More Effective Reinvestment in the Business 83%
New or Improved Record Keeping Systems 76%
Enhanced Understanding of Your Farm Finances 79%
Changes in How Your Prioritize Expenses 83%
Reduced Farm Expenses 38%
Improved Ability to Prioritize Land Planning Investments 86%
Improved Ability to Incorporate Social, Environmental, and Financial into Your Land Plan 86%
Improved Ability to Articulate Goals and Objectives of Business to Others 83%
Improved Understanding of your Market and How Your Business Fits In 69%
Prioritized investments 66%
Improved ability to determine most effective enterprises 76%
Improved ability to effectively market products 62%
Natural Resource Management  
Achievement of Environmental Goals in Your Land Plan 48%
Increased Forage Production 24%
Reduction in Feed Costs 43%
Improved Environmental Conditions 48%
Improved Herd Health 43%
Improved Ability to Manage Animals 81%
Less Stress for Farmers 52%
Less Stress for Animals 52%
Longer Grazing Seasons 24%
Reduction of Overgrazed Plants 48%
Improved Understanding of Your Farm’s Eco-System 100%
Improved Ability to Determine Appropriate Management to Address an Environmental Issue 86%
Implementation of Specific Management Practices to Remediate an Environmental Issue 79%
Improved Understanding of Your Forage Composition 83%
Improved Environmental Conditions on Your Farm 59%
Desired Change in Species Composition 55%

 

Knowledge Change Summary Per Session
Course % Participants Experiencing Knowledge Change
Session One – Goal Setting
Defining Effective Management Team 85%
Inventory Farm Resources 85%
Develop a Whole Farm Goal 94%
Define What You Are Managing Towards 85%
Identify Needed Farm Systems and Protocols 79%
Integrate Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors into Decision-Making 94%
Session Two – Time Management
Ability to Make Complex On-Farm Decisions 97%
Assess How Time is Spent on Farm 100%
Understanding Seasonal Time Demands/Flows 88%
Effectively Manage Time on Your Farm 97%
Session Three – Financial Planning I
Attitude Toward Financial Planning 76%
Ability to Develop Balance Sheet 83%
How to Increase Farm Net Worth 86%
Determining Viable Profitable Enterprises for Your Farm 93%
Determining Your Farm’s Projected Revenue 90%
Identifying Logjams and Adverse Factors on Farm 97%
Session Four – Financial Planning II  
Skills in Developing Whole Farm Financial Plan 100%
Getting Profit You Need from Your Farm 88%
Delineating Farm Expense Categories 88%
Prioritizing and Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Reinvestment 92%
Assessing Farm Cash Flow 92%
Monitoring Your Financial Plan 92%
Session Five – Marketing  
Using Whole Farm Goal and Financial Plan to Develop Marketing Plan 100%
Profitably Price Products and Services 93%
Effectively Promote Products and Services 86%
Marketing Outreach Towards Your Whole Farm Goal 93%
How to Develop a Marketing Plan 86%
Session Six – Business Planning
Knowledge of Resources for Developing Strategic Plan for Farm 93%
Attitudes Towards Value of Having a Business Plan to Guide Farm 74%
Ability to Develop a Business Plan for Farm 89%
Ability to Use Holistic Goal to Guide Business Strategic Plan 96%
Ability to Use Financial Plan to Determine Viable Markets for Farm 89%
Ability to Implement Systems and Projects to Move Towards Whole Farm Goal 89%
Session Seven – Leadership and Communication
Effective Communication Tools for Farm 85%
Conflict Resolution Skills for Farm 85%
Incorporating Diverse Learning Styles toward More Effective Leadership and Communication 85%
Using Whole Farm Goal to Guide Communication on Farm 85%
Session Eight – Land Planning
Prioritize Land and Infrastructure Development/Investments 84%
Design Strategies to Build Resilient, Diversified Farms 97%
Assess Management Considerations to Guide Land Planning 87%
How to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 87%
How to Incorporate Social/Legal/Contractual into Land Planning 81%
Session Nine – Grazing
Value of Grazing Planning 89%
How to Assess Recovery Periods 100%
How to Assess Quantity of Forage in Pasture 96%
How to Improve Land Health with Livestock 100%
How to Determine Number of Animals Your Pasture Can Support 93%
How to Determine the Number of Paddocks 96%
How to Determine Grazing Periods 100%
Session Ten – Soil Fertility
Importance of Improving Soil Fertility Sustainably 71%
Value of Organic Matter in Soils 79%
Benefits of a Covered Soil 82%
Benefits of Biodiversity 79%
Indicators of a Healthy Farm Eco-System 86%
Ability to Monitor Farm Eco-System Health 96%

 

Increased Confidence as a Result of Session % of participants
Developing Written Whole Farm Goal 94%
Identifying Systems and Protocols for your Farm 82%
Manage Your Time on Your Farm 100%
Make Complex Decisions on Your Farm 97%
Using Testing Questions for On Farm Analysis 97%
Determine Your Farm’s Net Worth 83%
Increase Your Farm’s Net Worth 69%
Determine Viable Profitable Enterprises 76%
Getting Profit You Need From Your Farm 65%
Prioritizing Cutting Farm Expenses to Guide Re-investment 69%
Determining Weak Link in Farm Enterprises 81%
Identifying Cash Flow Issues on Farm 73%
Pricing Your Farm Products 72%
Promoting Your Farm Products 90%
Developing a Marketing Plan that Meets Your Farm’s Needs and Goals 83%
Assessing Your Competition to Understand Your Farm’s Strengths 66%
Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 89%
Identifying Resources to Assist You in Developing a Business/Strategic Plan 89%
Implementing Important Strategic Systems and Projects 89%
Communicating with Decision Makers 81%
Communicating with Farm Workers 81%
Providing Leadership on Your Farm 78%
Ability to Prioritize Land/Infrastructure Improvements on Farm 94%
Ability to Incorporate Natural Resource Issues into Land Planning 94%
Ability to Incorporate Social/Legal Considerations into Land Planning 71%
Ability as a Grazer 89%
Assessing Recovery Periods 81%
Assessing Quantity of Forage and Pasture 81%
Determining the Number of Animals Your Land Can Support for Grazing 78%
Calculating the Number of Paddocks for your System 78%
Determining How Long Animals Will Stay in Each Paddock 74%
Monitoring Your Farm’s Eco-System Health 100%
Improving Eco-System Health on Your Farm 89%
Building Organic Matter in Your Soils 79%