April 15-20, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM CST
Dixon Leo Ranch, 5190 County Road 398, Decatur, TX 76234
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Instructed by Kirk Gadzia, Wayne Knight, and Joshua & Tara Dukart
Do you know how to plan for more ranch/farm profits?
Do you struggle with soil health, water-holding capacity, and growing enough forage for your livestock?
Do you find it challenging to find balance between your work, family, and quality of life?
If you would like to improve your skills to manage your ranch or farm more (w)holistically, then our Regen Ag School is for you!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity at the award-winning Dixon Water Foundation Leo Ranch to gain comprehensive knowledge in Holistic Management® and create a livestock grazing plan that will help create more land health and financial success on your ranch or farm.
This school is for you if you’re interested in farming, ranching, land conservation, or urban agriculture and want to improve your decision-making, profitability, water use, and soil health. Large- and small-scale producers are all invited!
This unique training is not being offered anywhere else!
Here’s what you can expect when you attend our Regen Ag School at the Leo Ranch:
- Learn a process that enables you to prioritize investments and expenses for range health and profit
- Make every raindrop count by learning how to plan for soil and rangeland health using a comprehensive Grazing Planning Tool Kit
- Explore tips and tricks for making the most of your time and money
- Read the land by learning more about lead-indicator monitoring of land and livestock to inform your planning and management
- Discover the opportunities and satisfaction in improving your land and your financial situation from people who have used the tools and mentored thousands of producers just like you
- Learn how working with nature in harmony with the values you hold is possible using the principles outlined in this workshop
- Leave with a realistic list of priorities and actions to heal your land, make more profits, carve out time for what matters most to you, and gain clarity on your goals and how to reach them
- Learn about tools and techniques to understand the interaction between animals, plant recovery time, and plant utilization
- Discover the importance of a shared goal that covers all that is important to the business in the present and into the future, and how to use this shared goal to select the best tools and investments
Manage for Profit
- Eliminate unnecessary ranch/farm costs
- Create new wealth from your resources
- Plan and achieve more ranch/farm profits
- Analyze new and existing enterprises for their contribution to the entire operation
- Increase production on your land
- Discover why most people actually plan for non-profitability and what the three keys are to reversing this harmful trend
Manage for Land Health
- How to “leave it better than you found it”
- Improve rainfall effectiveness, increase production, and regenerate soil health
- Enrich plant and wildlife diversity
- Reduce dependency on outside inputs
- Learn how to create a detailed grazing plan that enhances both your production and landscape goals
Manage for People
- Set realistic goals to help achieve your desired quality of life
- Improve family and employee harmony
- Prepare for managed succession of the business into the next generation
- Learn leadership skills that create true involvement
- Understand the key communication skills that lead to effective management
About Dixon Water Foundation and the Leo Ranch
The Dixon Water Foundation promotes healthy watersheds through sustainable land management to ensure that future generations have the water resources they need. The Dixon Water Foundation Leo Ranch bottomlands were previously farmed and provide an excellent demonstration site for the restoration of farmland to prairie. It is also home to the Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion, a site for educational events and meetings that is the first Living Building in Texas. Dixon ranches have been honored with a Lone Star Land Steward Award and a Texas Environmental Excellence Award for Agriculture and the 2017 Leopold Conservation Award. Dixon is also an Audubon Conservation Ranch.
Price: $1000 (early bird rate!) / $1250 after February 16th
Secondary Ticket: $950 for your ranch or farm partner (when registering, use promo code: LEO2ND to unlock discounted ticket)
This workshop is valued at $4500/person and is partially covered by our funder. Additional full and partial scholarships are also available (please apply below).
- Includes full six-day training with expert educators
- Includes all learning materials
- Includes lunch all six days
Scholarship Application Deadline: April 5, 2024
Registration deadline: April 11, 2024
Lodging, breakfast, and dinner are the responsibility of the participant.
Kirk Gadzia – HMI Certified Educator, Consultant, and Resource Management Services, LLC Founder and Owner, Author
Resource Management Services, LLC is a New Mexico-based consulting, training, and monitoring organization committed to assisting private and professional resource managers achieve sustainable results. The founder, Kirk Gadzia, is an HMI Certified Educator with over 20 years of experience teaching the concepts of Holistic Management® worldwide. Combined with his extensive international consulting work on many agricultural operations, he is uniquely qualified to help you achieve your learning objectives.
Kirk is co-author of the important National Academy of Sciences book: Rangeland Health. He holds a BS degree in Wildlife Biology and an MS degree in Range Science. Kirk works directly with producers to achieve profitability in their operations. He also provides customized training and consulting to a wide variety of conservation organizations. Years of assisting people on the land help Kirk approach the course in an interactive, hands-on style. His courses are known for a relaxed atmosphere, open dialogue, and practical real-life examples.
Wayne Knight – Holistic Management International Executive Director, HMI Certified Educator, and Rancher
With 27 years of ranching experience using Holistic Management, Wayne has had an identity crisis. When he joined the 11,000-acre family ranching business he called himself a cattle rancher. He changed to calling himself a grass farmer. Later still, he called himself a soil-microbe farmer, though he has always marketed beef. Privileged to work with his father, Tom Knight, who was an early adopter of Holistic Management under Allan Savory – Stan Parsons consulting, Wayne enthusiastically increased and intensified the practices HMI teaches. He became a Certified Educator in 2006 and was actively involved with the Southern African CE community organization, Community Dynamics. He has spoken at numerous conferences in Southern Africa, trained and mentored farmers, hosted open days on his property, and written about his positive results using Holistic Management.
Before joining the team at HMI Wayne served as a board member of the organization for 8 years. Through his enthusiasm for Holistic Management Wayne has traveled widely visiting farmers who practice high-density, long recovery grazing practices in Southern Africa, Australia, and the US. As a young graduate with a Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa, he traveled across the US west working on ranches in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, California, and New Mexico. When not involved in Holistic Management you will find him fishing, birding, hiking, or exploring wild spaces and places with his family. An enthusiastic traveler, hunter, and photographer, he loves discovering new places and making new friends.
Joshua and Tara Dukart – Owners of Seek First Ranch, HMI Certified Educator (Joshua)
Joshua and Tara Dukart of Seek First Ranch have been practicing Regenerative and Holistic Management since 2008. They have 15 years of experience speaking, teaching, coaching, and offering facilitation throughout the United States and Internationally. Their ranch, located near Hazen, North Dakota, focuses on using the principles of Regenerative and Holistic Management to enhance soil, plant, and animal health, as well their own quality of life, finances, and community. Together they strive to help others find ways to enrich the lives they were created to live.
Joshua is a Certified Educator of Holistic Management. He holds a degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from North Dakota State University. His career has spanned from engineer and conservationist to educator, rancher, and business-owner. The Soil & Water Conservation Society selected Joshua as their Harold & Kay Scholl Excellence in Conservation Award recipient in 2017. Cattle Business Weekly presented Joshua with a Top 10 National Industry Leaders Award in 2015 and Joshua was recognized as one of North Dakota’s Top 40 Professionals Under Age 40 in 2012. Joshua also had the pleasure of working on the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District Team (2005-2016) and serving as the Executive Director for the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition (2009-2017).
Tara holds degrees in Language Arts and Elementary Education. Her teaching career began in the Taranaki region of New Zealand. In the US, Tara spent eight years teaching writing and English classes at the middle school level as well as remedial reading and math. After experiencing significant health challenges, Tara began to realize the direct link between soil-plant-animal and human health. Tara is passionate about helping others improve their mental, emotional, physical, and immune health plus enhance the effectiveness of their communication through a special series called, “Empowered & Equipped.” Tara also manages the Seek First Ranch website and the direct marketing of its high quality, pastured, grass fed and finished meats.
Guided by their faith, Joshua and Tara have conviction—not just to conserve, but to regenerate landscapes, businesses, communities and livelihoods. They firmly believe wealth can be generated in a variety of ways: biologically, financially, and through relationships.
Joshua and Tara also enjoy raising and home-educating their three inquisitive children, who are delightfully helpful in asking questions—a very important component of the Seek First Ranch mission.
Thank You to Our Partner
Scholarship funding support comes from the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation.
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