We’re helping their field of dreams come true. The USDA has identified a need for an additional 100,000 farmers in the next five years, so the need for effective training programs is immense. That’s why the USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awarded HMI 2 three-year training grants totaling almost $1.2 million to train these new farmers and ranchers. While the grants are over, additional partners and funders are providing more training in new locations so we can still offer scholarships to eligible students.
This certificate program educates and empowers agricultural newcomers (with 10 or less years of farming/ranching experience) to build successful businesses by applying Holistic Management principles and practices. Learn and implement all the skills you need for a successful farm or ranch including soil fertility practices, livestock production, grazing planning, financial planning, marketing and business planning, whole farm/ranch planning skills, leadership and communications skills.
9:30am-4:00pm each day. All sessions will be held on Saturdays.
February 4, 2017: Session One – Introduction to Whole Farm Planning
February 11, 2017: Session Two – Decision Making & Time
February 25,2017: Session Three – Increasing Farm Profitability
March 4, 2017: Session Four – Creating a Whole Farm Financial Plan
March 18, 2017: Session Five – Creating a Marketing Plan
March 25, 2017: Session Six – Business Planning Basics
April 8, 2017: Session Seven – Leadership & Communication Skills
April 22, 2017: Session Eight – Land & Infrastructure Planning
May 6, 2017: Session Nine – Improving Land Health with Livestock & Soil Building
May 13, 2017: Session Ten – Soil Fertility Basics & Environmental Impact
- Holistic Management whole farm/ranch goalsetting and on-farm/on-ranch decision-making
- Create a whole farm/ranch financial plan
- Increase business profitability with enterprise analysis tools
- Business planning basics
- Create a marketing plan
- Improving time management
- Understand soil fertility basics and how to implement
- Plan land and infrastructure for increased profit
- Improve land health & sustainable soil building techniques
- Grazing planning for increased forage production
Fee, Financial Assistance & Registration
- $350-$650 sliding scale – YOU decide what you can afford!
- Eligible for the HMI Terry Gompert Memorial Scholarship
- *Qualifies for FSA Borrower Training Credit in various USA states
Scholarship deadline: January 13, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
Please bring a sack lunch as meals are not provided.
Cancellation Policy Cancellations received up to 30 days prior to the course start date will receive a full refund. Cancellations received up to 14 days prior to an event start date will receive a 40% refund. No refunds will be given otherwise, unless in the event of dire emergency. This policy is required due to financial obligations incurred by HMI in planning these events. We appreciate your understanding.
Our past program students have demonstrated remarkable achievements when they apply what they’ve learned to their farms and ranches:
- Up to a 39% increase in gross revenue
- Improved record keeping systems
- Achieved financial goals
- Improved on-farm/ranch decision making
- Improved marketing skills
- Improved animal health
- Increased forage production
- Examine enterprise’s environmental impact
- Introduce leadership/communication skills
What Students Had to Say About the
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training They Received:
“Being involved with this program has been significant for me — It’s given me a completely new approach to planning for my own land and farming aspirations.” – Jessie Schmidt, First Branch Farm
“Having a network of other women with similar passion and value is priceless. There is a wealth of information and experience we have been able to share – and will continue to share. We see a path to sustainability/profit and meeting our holistic goal.” – Kathy Harris, Full Expression Farm
“Thank you so much for your HMI program! I will never be the same. My heart has found “my place”. These tools gained have totally enhanced my life and my small farm to be sustainable. I can hardly wait to see what happens on this adventure.” – Joanna Lewis Goldman, The Farmer’s Daughter
At HMI we don’t just measure the number of people we train, but the impact we’ve had on their lives and their farms and ranches. Here are results from our first three-year program in which we trained beginning women farmers.
Results From our 2014/2015 Series*:
- 75% Increased Satisfaction with Time Management
- 59% Increased Satisfaction with Quality of Life
- 69% Increased Satisfaction with Communication
- 21% Reduced Farm Expenses
- 100% Intend to complete/modify a financial plan
- 96% Reported Change in Record Keeping Procedures
- 91% Reported Monitoring Annual Income and Expenses
- 83% Prioritizing and Cutting Expenses as Needed
- 78% Determining Profit and Capping Expenses
- 92% Increased Network
- 57% Experienced Increased Net Income
- 35% Experienced Gross Revenue Increase
* These percentages are only of students who responded to the survey.
We’ve been teaching Holistic Management and sustainable agriculture to farmers and ranchers for over 30 years. Read more about our Impact in our blog.
HMI is proud to work with the Center for Agriculture Development & Entrepreneurship on the 2017 New York Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program: