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Canadian Holistic Management Conference yet another successful Western Canadian Holistic Management conference was held in Russell, Manitoba on February 1213th. Approximately 180 people were in attendance for this year’s conference HMI’s CEO, Peter with the youngest participant being 22 Holter, shared HMI’s vision and months old to those too programs with the young to mention! The conference kicked Canadian off with “susie o” from conference Missouri, USA speaking attendees. on her experiences about moving from an urban upbringing to marrying a farmer and adjusting to life on the farm. Later in the conference, Pierrette Desrosiers from Quebec, spoke about the human relations and development of emotional intelligence in leaders in the field of agriculture. Presentations by Canadian Certified Educators included Don campbell on finances, blain hjertaas on land management, and ralph and linda corcoran on the human resources side of things. There were also presentations from one of the most active Holistic Management Support Groups in Canada. They shared their affiliation with each other to the crowd and how supportive they are of each other and what they do to hold their group together on a regular basis. it was mentioned that they truly have become a “family” and it was really touching to see the impact that Holistic Management has made in their lives. There was additional producer participation with a producer panel comprising of tom and Michelle teichroeb, Art McElroy and Duane thompson. Dr. gary Martens from the University of Manitoba also presented about the Holistic Management course for students at the University of Manitoba. Lastly, Peter Holter, HMi’s CEO, spoke about HMi’s global efforts and programs. The conference also showcased a children’s program. Special thanks to Jo-lene gardiner for her efforts in coordinating this with the Manitoba Forestry Association, the Nature conservancy of canada and Manitoba

Agriculture, Food and rural initiatives. Also, thanks goes out to our volunteers, cathy

The children with Dave Pogson presenting their stories of the Children’s program to the crowd in a Power Point Presentation.

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shaluk, glen Peterson, Kim brownlivingston and Val and David Pogson for volunteering to assist the children. And finally, special thanks goes to cynthia Nerbas for all her personal time and effort in organizing once again the silent auction which raised over $5000 for next year’s conference! Financial support to the conference was provided by growing Forward ii – Agricultural sustainability initiative and the AgriExtension business Programs as well as many agri-businesses and booth displays. Special thanks also goes to Manitoba Agriculture, Food and rural initiatives, the saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and Alberta Agriculture and rural Development staff for their assistance in organizing the event. The organizing committee is already busy planning for the next conference which is tentatively booked for Lloydminster, Alberta in February 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming details to save the date!

for many years and are over run with invasive species of brush and weeds. Officials believe that Holistic Management training for producers, landowners and agency staff will serve to make the goal of restoration a reality. The introduction to Holistic Management Workshop was in January and 90% of participants increased their learning about Holistic Management. The Financial Planning workshop was in February and 100% of participants felt they had increased their understanding of Holistic Management Financial Planning and will change their financial planning practices. The same was true for the Holistic Management Grazing Planning course that took place in March, with 100% of participants increasing their understanding of grazing planning and changing their practices. These workshops are being offered at the CCC Hastings Campus in 2013. We hope that this joint effort can be continued annually with a possible rotation between the Hastings and Columbus Campuses. See the HMi Event Calendar for dates and contact information. For further information please contact Bob Shields at 308/379-1361 or bob.shields01@gmail.com.

Holistic Management training is now readily available in Central nebraska thanks to a cooperative effort from the rainwater basin Joint Ventures Project (RBJVP), central community college (CCC) Extended learning services, and HMi. Joint Ventures Project officials, courtesy of a grant from the Nebraska Environmental trust and other sources, are providing substantial funding to make this possible and HMi is providing the curriculum. Central Community College is providing facilities, organizational and promotional in kind services for the program. Sustainability was recently identified as a primary goal for CCC resulting in eagerness to be a part of Holistic Management education. Certified Educators Paul swanson, Mae rose Petrehn, and ralph tate are teaching this series of workshops. The Joint Ventures Project is a coalition of several state, federal and private programs with a common mission of preserving wildlife habitat, restoration of endangered species populations, supporting conservation initiatives and developing cooperative arrangements that are beneficial to agriculture. A key focus of the 2013 workshops will be the restoration and management of Rainwater Basin wetlands through managed grazing. Grazing planning course participants learn about the principles and practices These wetlands of grazing planning as well as how to use the grazing planning software. have been rested Number 149

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