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Working Effectively With Livestock Producers (000045)


The main purpose of the training is to enable students to effectively assist livestock producers through improved communication skills related to resource conservation on grazing lands. A goal is to increase the students’ working knowledge of livestock operations and economic impacts of conservation-related decisions. The knowledge, skills, and attitude obtained from this course will result in better grazing land applications as facilitated by Farm Bill programs. Students attending this course will be requested to write a brief personal/professional background that might include state of origin, NRCS position, educational background, and what students expect to gain from the course. This will help instructors to tailor the training to individual needs.  


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire effective communication skills.
  2. Prepare better grazing land conservation plans.
  3. Translate conservation plans to livestock producers, identify goals, and apply adaptive management for sustainability.
  4. Develop a higher level of confidence and become better equipped to converse and plan with livestock producers.
  5. Obtain working knowledge of livestock operations in order to recognize producer concerns and resource problems.
  6. Increase the effectiveness, understanding, and acceptability of technical assistance to deliver Farm Bill programs to livestock producers.


Desired, but not required:

  1. Online Beef Production courses
  2. Rangeland Ecology I or approved equivalent
  3. Pastureland Ecology I or approved equivalent
  4. Completion of NRCS conservation planning course – Level 2 (Modules 1–9) or equivalent


Delivery Method

The main purpose  


9 Days

Target Audience

Employees who have responsibility of working with livestock operators using grazing resources and…

  • Employees that spend 50% of their time planning grazing lands;
  • Employees who desire to improve knowledge and communication skills related to grazing land resource management; and
  • Mid-level field conservation planners.


NEDC Contact

Chris Lavergne

Technical Contact

Dennis Thompson


Working Effectively with Livestock Producers (NEDC-NRCS-000045)