We need more farmers
We’re losing our farmers! Over the past 100 years, the total number of American farmers has declined significantly – from over 6 million in 1910 to approximately 2.1 million today. Age is a factor as well. For each farmer under 35 there are now six farmers over the age of 65. In fact, the USDA expects that nearly 500,000 farmers will retire in the next twenty years. To make matters worse, according to the most recent U.S. census, an average of 1836 U.S. farmers are forced to leave their land weekly; unable to compete with giant farms or navigate their way through drought, regulatory issues and management challenges. The good news is that new farmers entering the field are helping to offset the number leaving. Unfortunately, it typically takes new farmers between five and seven years to become profitable, leaving a lot of beginning farmers and ranchers frustrated and without the resources they need to become profitable and successful.
We need more trained farmers
Although it has been acknowledged that creating new farmers is a necessity in order to feed a growing world population, it’s not enough to simply create new farmers; they must be taught the skills necessary to succeed. But like any small business, the failure rate for new farmers is high; currently between 9 and 10 percent per year (USDA Economic Research Report Number 21 – June 2006). The USDA has also stated that the top two reasons why farms fail are poor management and lack of planning. As a result, it’s imperative that new farmers be properly trained and provided with the tools they need to run a successful business. HMI helps farmers and ranchers create a comprehensive business plan, which includes a viable financial plan. Farmers and ranchers are also taught how to make good decisions while planning not only for profit (how and where to sell your product), but how to plan and manage for risk – anything from unexpected drought, floods, wildfires, to crop failure.
We need more farmers trained in Holistic Management®
The need for Holistic Management training is two-fold. It’s estimated that living expenses for the average farm currently exceed $47,000 per year, yet fewer than 25% of family farms in the U.S. produce gross revenues in excess of $50,000. The Holistic Management Whole Farm Planning System provides a variety of programs and services that have been designed to educate and support farmers and ranchers in their desire to become and remain a profitable business. While profitability is paramount to farmers and ranchers, sustainability is just as important. HMI (Holistic Management International) has been teaching Holistic Management® whole farm planning to beginning and experienced farmers and ranchers for 28 years on six continents, 26 countries, and all 50 states. Our proven programs have made a real impact on the lives of farmers and ranchers, and have provided significant results. Here are just a few examples:
We would like to introduce some of our Holistic Management® practitioners. Learn how they have applied Holistic Management to their operations and the successes they have achieved. You’ll find them on our Case Studies Page
On our Give page, you’ll find links to our donor reports. At HMI, we believe it’s important to keep our supporters informed of the impact their contributions are having on the lives of farmers and ranchers.
At HMI, results matter and that’s why we measure the impact of our programs. See for yourself…
BEGINNING FARMERS & RANCHERSConnecticut Beginning Farmer Results for 2013-2014 Season
2013-2014 Program Results from NY
2013-2014 Season Results from Massachusetts
NH 2013-2014 Season Results are Here
2013-2014 Texas Beginning Women Farmer Program Results
Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast 2013-2014 Full Report
2013-2014 Maine Beginning Farmer Results Beginning Women Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast & Texas 2013 Full Report Beginning Women Farmers in Connecticut Results Beginning Women Farmers in New Hampshire Results Beginning Women Farmers in New York Results Beginning Women Farmers in Maine Results Beginning Women Farmers in Massachusetts Results Beginning Women Farmers in Vermont Results Beginning Women Farmers in Texas A Day in the Life of our Beginning Farmers & Ranchers Program
GETTING STARTED ONLINE COURSESGetting Started Holistic Land Planning Course Results Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Course Results Getting Started Holistic Grazing Planning Results
Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Course Results Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Course Results Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning Course Results 2015 Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole/Farm Ranch Planning Course Results 2015 Getting Started Holistic Grazing Planning Course Results 2015 Getting Started Holistic Land Planning Course Results 2015 Getting Started Introduction to Holistic Management® Whole Farm/Ranch Planning Course Results, August 2015 Getting Started Holistic Financial Planning Course Results, October 2015