NRCS in Texas Presents at Holistic Management Seminars
story by Quenna Terry
Holistic Management International (HMI) recently hosted a series of seminars for women in Texas as part of their Beginning Farmers and Ranchers programs in Lubbock, Dallas and Edinburg and Cedar Creek, near Austin.
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) participated in the Empowering Texas Women in Agriculture seminar series which educates women from across Texas and the U.S. with a better understanding of how holistic management can help build a more sustainable future in agriculture. The seminars also provided participants with information on marketing local foods and how to become involved in the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.
"NRCS supports HMI in their efforts to provide sustainable resource training to women producers," said Susan Baggett, NRCS state resource conservationist. "The seminars provide the opportunity for HMI participants and NRCS in partnership with landowners and consumers to learn and develop resource management skills that can be applied on the land."
NRCS representatives presented during the one-day meetings focused on educating women farmers and ranchers. Mickey Black, NRCS assistant state conservationist, Lubbock, presented information on the Hispanic and Women Farmer and Rancher (HWFR) Claims Settlement process and explained how NRCS technical assistance can provide a beneficial resource in furthering their management goals.
"The Holistic Management International meeting was a new opportunity for women producers to learn how NRCS can assist them with conservation planning and be informed of the Hispanic and Women Settlement Claims process," Black said. "The producers were interested in learning about what is available from the NRCS and what they can do to receive technical assistance from the agency."
Sonny Vela, NRCS district conservationist addressed the HMI participants in Edinburg and said, "This type of event is ideal for providing a forum where we can learn from each other."
The four one-day statewide seminars had more than 200 people present during NRCS' programs. Other session topics throughout the HMI statewide seminars included financial, land, and biological planning and monitoring, values-based goal setting and appropriate use of planning tools. Sessions also covered benefits in whole ranch and farm planning systems.
NRCS, Farm Credit, Quick Sol, Texas Dispute Resolution, and Texas Wildlife Association supported the series of seminars providing exhibits and sponsorship during the events.
Holistic Management International (HMI) hosted four workshops and seminars for women in Texas.
Directors of the HMI program prepare to address women in the High Plains and South Plains region interested in their Beginning Farmer and Rancher program.
Mickey Black, NRCS assistant state conservationist in Lubbock presented to over 40 women participating in the HMI program at the Hall of nations in the International Cultural Center at the Texas Tech University Center.
NRCS State Resource Conservationist, Susan Baggett was keynote speaker at the at HMI's seminar at Cedar Creek, near Austin where she presented a program on women in agriculture.
Mickey Black, NRCS assistant state conservationist and Peggy Cole, program manager for HMI, met during a break at the Lubbock workshop and discussed the benefits of the NRCS handouts and information provided to participants during the seminar.