Holistic Management Grazing Planning Course April 22-23 in Willmar

WILLMAR, Minn. — A special two-day course on planning a grazing system utilizing Holistic Management will be held April 22-23 at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society, 610 NE Highway 71. The course runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and is open to anyone. The cost is $200 per household/business, with a $40 charge for every extra person. The fee covers all course materials. For more information and to register, contact the Land Stewardship Project's Robin Moore at 320-269-2105 or rmoore@landstewardshipproject.org.

The Land Stewardship Project is offering this course to farmers and ranchers who want to improve the sustainability of their lives as well as their livestock operations. Holistic whole farm, financial and grazing planning is a strategy promoted by many successful conservation farmers like Gabe Brown, Greg Judy, Jerry Doan and Allen Williams, all of whom have spoken to graziers in western Minnesota during the past two years.

“Holistic Management Grazing Planning, also known as HMGP, is designed to restore degraded grasslands using a method that integrates economic, social, and environmental variables—particularly movements of grazing livestock—into land management. It is an amazing tool to help better manage your land, life and herd, while boosting soil health and farm productivity,” said Moore. “Any farmer who takes this class will be setting themselves on a clear path to better farm, business and life planning. HMGP helps farmers realize plans to keep their businesses as well as their lives healthy and strong while increasing the production capacity of their grasslands and improving conservation on the land.”

The course instructor will be Ralph Tate, a certified Holistic Management instructor who has developed a software version of the grazing plan. Tate custom grazes cattle on a quarter-section in south-central Nebraska, where he has the opportunity to apply Holistic Management principles for himself.