Ann Adams, HMI’s Director of Education has put together an informative slide show on how Holistic Management practices can be used to partner with nature to build a resilient landscape. This 15 minute show uses dramatic photographic evidence to demonstrate the results farmers and ranchers from various parts of the world have achieved by using this adaptive management tool. Evidence includes:• Better topsoil due to livestock impact • Protection from fire damage • Greener vegetation • Reduced erosion • Improved grass production • Greater riparian areas • Less sediment runoff into streams • Increased soil water infiltration • Resilience against drought
Phillip Diprose says
Top effort, Ann / HMI
The presentation sets the scene well and the images are excellent. Aside from the broader landscape shots the ‘convincing’ / money shots were:
1. Water filtering effect – water in different jars was great
2. Organic matter in the soil comparison
The point in the presentation I struggled with was 100 % reduction in production costs. I can understand and accept that conventional inputs to the soil can cease totally but the only way someone could eliminate all costs is to source free labour for managing stock and not have any overheads or drawings.
Ann Adams says
Glad you enjoyed the presentation. The work folks have been able to do is pretty amazing. I can understand the confusion regarding 100% decrease in production costs. You are correct that the issue would be “free labor” to make that happen. The people reporting that particular statistic were referencing direct costs only and not including labor. In another study though, we did find that the average decrease in labor costs was 40%.