SDSU: 2012 holistic management workshops begin May 21 |

SDSU: 2012 holistic management workshops begin May 21

BROOKINGS, SD – South Dakota agricultural producers will have an opportunity to attend one of several two-day holistic management workshops that are being offered by SDSU Extension across the state in late May.

The workshops are designed to explain the basic principles of holistic management and help producers begin to develop management plans based on these principles.

The workshops will be presented by holistic management educators, Randy Holmquist of Reliance, SD, and Roland Kroos of Bozeman, MT. Workshop topics will focus on goal-setting, grazing management and financial planning. Attendees are encouraged to bring ranch maps and records that will allow them to assess and capitalize on their ranch’s natural resource base.

Workshops are organized by Dr. Roger Gates, SDSU Extension Rangeland Specialist.

“Holistic management is a systems approach to ranching,” Gates said. “It encourages producers to consider the relationships between their goals and resources and develop management practices that are ecologically and financially sustainable.”

Workshop locations are as follows:

• McLaughlin, SD – Sitting Bull College – May 21-22

• Eagle Butte, SD – Cheyenne River Motel – May 23-24

• Kyle, SD – Oglala Lakota College Center – May 29-30

• Mission, SD – Sinte Gleska University – May 31-June 1

The workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude by 5 p.m. both days. Cost of the two-day workshops is $40 per person, which includes lunches for both days. Pre-registration is requested for all workshops. For more information or to register, contact Janna Kincheloe at the West River Ag Center at 605-394-2236 or e-mail

– SDSU Extension

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