The National Young Farmers Coalition’s new report, Conservation Generation: How Young Farmers And Ranchers Are Essential to Tackling Water Scarcity in the Arid West, paints a picture of young farmers in the arid West, their approach to water, and the challenges they face. The report is based on a survey of 379 young farmers in the arid West as well as conversations with eight farmer focus groups. Conservation Generation outlines a series of recommendations to better support young farmers and water conservation—read them all by downloading the report. One of the key ways noted to address water conservation is through improved soil health. Holistic Management as a Whole Farm/Ranch Planning tool is noted as a tool that improves soil health. Holistic Management practitioners around the world has shown how they have improved soil health and captured more rain in drought circumstances to make better use of rainfall when it comes and to conserve that rain that falls. To learn more about how Tom & Mimi Sidwell used this process to help them survive the drought, read their case study.
HMI is holding a Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management series at the Sidwell’s ranch starting April 1st. Click here to learn more or register.