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Introduction to the Field Office Technical Guide (000149)

Overview

The Field Office Technical Guide is the primary technical reference for the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). It contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources. The FOTG is managed by NRCS state technical specialists, but contains technical knowledge and standards used by field conservationists at the local level.  This course is the foundation for additional training and experience needed to plan and apply conservation practices to on-the-ground situations.

The modules are:

  • Module 1 - Introduction and History of the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 2 - Organization of the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 3 - Navigating the Field Office Technical Guide
  • Module 4 - The Relationship between the Field Office Technical Guide and the Nine Steps of Planning.
  • Module 5 - Incorporating Technology into the Field Office Technical Guide

Objectives

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

  • describe the contents of the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG),
  • access its contents, 
  • explain it's importance, and
  • describe the science and technologies used to conserve natural resources.

Prerequisites

None

Delivery Method

This program is Web-based.

Duration

4 hours

Target Audience

Employees and others that will use the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide in Conservation Planning

NEDC Contact

NEDC Webmaster.

Technical Specialist

Bill Boyer

Enrollment

Enrollment instructions are provided below.  Be sure to select the appropriate link to ensure successful enrollment. 

USDA Employees

Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password.  This is the same as your WebTCAS ID and password.
Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu, Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.

District Employees with Aglearn account

Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password. This is the same logon ID and password used for the TechReg TSP application or profile.
Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu, Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.

If you do not have an account.  Specific instructions on securing a USDA user account and password are located at getting started.  For further assistance contact the USDA state office in your state for assistance in obtaining an eAuthentication ID and password and AgLearn account.

Technical Service Providers

Proceed to the Aglearn to login using your USDA eAuthentication ID and password. This is the same logon ID and password used for the TechReg TSP application or profile.
Select Catalog, Select Natural Resources Conservation Service under Subject Area Menu, Choose the course name by select the button Launch content or Add to Learning Plan to register and complete the course.

If you are anticipating becoming a Technical Service Provider please review the entire process at TechReg.  Please familiarize yourself with this process if you have not already done so.  Specific instructions on securing a USDA user account and password are located at getting started.

Other USDA Customers

For those not in the above categories contact the USDA state office in your state for assistance in obtaining an eAuthentication ID and password and AgLearn account.
To obtain this contact information for your state you can go to the Aglearn website click on contact us. Scroll down to NRCS and click on the link that says state contacts.