Dates: January 2024 dates coming soon!
Instructors: HMI Certified Educator Preston Sullivan
With special Q&A with Holistic Management practitioner and BBC-featured Tim May and Whole Farm/Ranch Trainer Sarah Williford.
If you are excited about Regenerative Agriculture and raise crops, HMI’s Holistic Cropping Planning Course will give you the tools to grow healthy crops, healthy soil, and healthy profits.
In this course, you will learn how to effectively manage your cropland and cropping practices to increase soil fertility and resilience as well as increase production and profitability from your cropping practices. Learn how to complete crop production planning all in the context of regenerative and conservation agriculture.
This curriculum was developed with input from master farmers and educators and explains key cropping concepts such as no-till, cover cropping, cocktail seeding, mulching, intercropping, shelterbelts, perennial crops, and integrating livestock, as well as providing numerous planning worksheets and templates as well examples of completed worksheets and a long list of multi-media resources for further study.
|-Soil fertility building principles and practices|
-How to integrate livestock into cropping practices
-How to identify crop management issues and address them profitably
-Understanding how key practices like cover crops, polyseeding, permaculture, interplanting, and perennial crops can work together to create resilient and profitable landscapes.
|-Create a crop plan that addresses both cash crops and ecosystem strategies|
Create a field map for ease of management
-Prioritize management decisions to integrate ecosystem strategies with cash crops
-Develop a crop sequenceLearn how to implement crop plans and address crop management issues
-Learn how to integrate a crop plan with a financial plan
Fee & Financial Assistance
HMI stands behind our training programs. If you participate fully in this training program by attending all sessions and completing all assignments satisfactorily, and if you are not completely satisfied within 10 days of program completion, we will refund your registration fees.
This course is seven weeks long and you should plan on about 2 – 4 hours each week participating in the webinars and completing the assignments. While the webinars are scheduled at a particular time, you will be able to complete the assignments at any time during the week. Don’t worry if you miss a webinar, we’ll be recording them and you can view it before the next scheduled webinar. Assignments may include watching videos, reading, and written exercises.
With real-time audio, video, and whiteboard capabilities our learning environment allows you to stay connected for a more engaging learning experience. You are encouraged to contribute to class discussions (either on the webinar or online forum). You can build relationships with other students from across the country and maybe even the world.
You’ll also receive a FREE one-year introductory electronic subscription to IN PRACTICE and a certificate upon completion of the course.
Technology /Language Requirements
- Computer (PC or Mac are fine)
- Reliable high-speed internet access
- Internet browser (Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari)
- Microsoft Word and Excel
- Telephone (cell or landline) OR Microphone
- E-mail address
- All classes are taught in English
Training with Results
- Participants who are motivated to change management practices after training: 89%
- A majority of trainees increased net profit an average of 39%
- Participants who had increased forage: 59%
- Participants who had improved herd health: 71%
- Increased water infiltration by as much as 800%
- Increased organic matter from 1% to 6%
- Participants who extended their grazing season: 59%
Scholarship funding support comes from the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation.