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AgLearn-Agriculture Learning Service   

NRCS offers many on-line courses required for TSP certification through the Agriculture Learning Service (AgLearn). To  access the AgLearn Training Site.

A listing of required AgLearn Training Courses for TSPs.

AgLearn State Training Officers-List

TechReg now hosts the link for new TSPs to register for an AgLearn account.  An AgLearn Registration for Technical Service Providers User Guide is available to assist individuals through the registration process.  The user ID and password TSPs use to login to TechReg will also be the credentials used to access the AgLearn registration site.  TSPs only need to register for an AgLearn account once.  TSPs who already have an AgLearn account do not need to reregister for a new account.

 

East National Technology Support Center

The East National Technology Support Center(ENTSC) offers multidisciplinary training webinars the last Wednesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern. They also feature webinars on special topics and initiatives, such as organic and sustainable agriculture, grazing lands management, feed management, adaptive nutrient management, and wildlife. Replays of previously held webinars can be downloaded to view them when convenient. Visit the ENTSC site for a specific listing of upcoming webinars.

Point of Contact: Holli Kuykendall at holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov

 

NRCS’s Science & Technology Training Library

ConservationWebinars.net serves as a launching point for current and archived Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, Organic Agriculture, Pasture Management, Soil Health/Soil Quality, Water Quality, Watersheds, and many other conservation and natural resource webinars. Many of the webinars featured on the site provide participants with continuing education credit, free of charge, from professional accrediting organizations such as SAF, ISA, CCA, and others. Additionally, a “Conservation Planner” category of credits is offered for NRCS webinars enabling participants to document their participation with a system-generated training certificate.

Be sure to check out our Science & Technology Training Library for your webinar needs.

 

Upcoming TSP Training

Training for Technical Service Providers. Please use the provided contact information below for registration and more information.

If you wish to have a TSP Training posted to the website, please complete the Training Request Form and send it to Stacy.Koch@wdc.usda.gov

CNMP Planning Tools Training - Kentucky

Dates:   April 16, 2015 Bowling Green, KY    9:30 – 3:00 Central Time

Location:  Warren County Cooperative Extension Office, 3132 Nashville Rd. Bowling Green, KY 42101

OR

Dates: April 23, 2015 Lexington, KY    9:30 – 3:00 Eastern Time

Location: Kentucky NRCS State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Lexington, KY 40503

Registration Site:  To register, please send an email to Tibor.Horvath@ky.usda.gov

Training Sponsor(s):  KY NRCS

Training Description: Going through the updates in the CNMP planning tools such as RUSLE2, MMP and the Kentucky Phosphorus and Nitrogen Index.

Point of Contact: Tibor Horvath

Telephone: (859) 224-7413

Email: Tibor.Horvath@ky.usda.gov

Conservation Activity Plan Policies and Procedures

Dates: April 21, 2015 at 2:00PM EST/11AM Pacific

Location:  Webinar

Registration Site: http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/conservation-activity-plan-policies-and-procedures

Training Sponsor:  USDA NRCS

Training Description:

This webinar will describe the history, purpose, regulation and policy that frame and govern the use of CAPs. It will describe the goals set forth by USDA NRCS and define roles of various levels to ensure understanding and appropriate use of the available practices. The presentation will include a discussion of the responsibilities of Technical Service Providers (TSPs), producers, and NRCS staff. Presenters will describe how CAPs are incorporated into the planning process and define the programmatic requirements that must be met to offer financial assistance for the development of a CAP.

Point of Contact: Holli Kuykendall, PhD, National Technology Specialist

Email:   holli.kuykendall@gnb.usda.gov

Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS)

Dates:   February 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location: Self paced online

Registration Site:  http://go.wisc.edu/vxwm3r

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: In certain areas, wind erosion is a significant resource concern. This course will help you to understand the concepts of the soil wind erosion process. You will learn how to install and use WEPS software to estimate wind erosion and learn how changing management practices can help to reduce the erosion problem.

Designed to be completed on the student's own schedule, it should take about 4 hours to finish the course. Those studying conservation planning, cropping systems, software apps and soil management will find this course especially beneficial and will receive 3.5 hours CCA Continuing Education Units in Soil and Water. Students have until April 30, 2015 to enroll and May 30, 2015 to complete the training course.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email:  kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

CRP Online Core Curriculum

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location: Self paced online

Registration Site:  http://go.wisc.edu/a5731y

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: The CRPRI Online Core training guides participants through the process of creating a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) conservation plan. The course covers the various sub-programs of the CRP (General, Continuous and CREP), resources available to planners and strategies for stakeholder interactions when developing a conservation plan. The NRCS 9-Step Planning process used to develop a CRP plan is covered in detail.

Throughout the course, participants are immersed in the CRP enrollment cycle. The course explores the CPA-052 form for creating a baseline environmental evaluation as it relates to the Conservation Reserve Program. Internet resources, like the electronic Field Office Technical Guide and Web Soil Survey, are used to generate job sheets and soil maps.

This is a self-paced online course; however, the course must be completed by May 31, 2015. It is expected to take approximately 16 hours to complete. You may register for the course until April 30, 2015. 11 CCA CEUs are available for completing the course.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu 

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Getting Started with RUSLE 2

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online

Registration Site:  http://go.wisc.edu/l1j9jp

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: Learn the principal concepts of the soil water erosion process and the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) software used to estimate erosion for USDA programs. Participants will walk through installing the software and databases and to gather data in the field to use RUSLE2.

Four Soil and Water CCA CEU’s credits are available for those who complete this introductory, self-guided course, which will take about four to six hours to complete.

All interested in exploring further concepts in conservation planning, cropping systems, energy development and conservation, software apps and online tools, soil and water management will find this course especially beneficial.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Conservation Planning Web Tools: Web Soil Survey and e-FOTG

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/qjz4o8

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: The Conservation Planning Web Tools course provides an introductory, hands-on exploration of Web Soil Survey and the electronic Field Office Technical Guide (e-FOTG), two tools used by conservation professionals in a variety of conservation programs. Those interested in conservation planning, software apps and online tools and soil management would benefit from this online course. This self-guided course takes about four hours to complete. 4 CCA CEUs in Soil and Water are available to course participants.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Forestry and CRP

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/3nnvu6

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: Get an in-depth look at Farm Service Agency's CRP practices that incorporate forestry into CRP. This intermediate-level course highlights Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation practices, job sheets and materials used to establish and maintain forests, windbreaks and riparian forest buffers. It also features a discussion on prescribed burning, windbreak design, and information on forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) and invasive species.

It should take about 4 to 6 hours to complete the mix of reading activities, videos and comprehension quizzes. Those who complete this course will receive 5.5 CCA CEU’S (2.5 Crop Management, 2.5 Soil and Water and 0.5 Pest Management). Those finding this course particularly helpful would be working with landowners on conservation planning, ecosystem management and riparian buffers, environmental management systems record keeping, farmstead and resource assessment and forestry.

This course was previously known as CRP and Forestry when it was offered as part of the CRPRI Initiative.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Soil Health - Intro to Soil Health

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online training with field component

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/03h9pg

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: The online Intro to Soil Health course provides an overview of the importance of soil health to crop production and dives into the three primary characteristics of soil: the physical, chemical and biological. It also demonstrates easy-to-use field tests to identify current soil conditions and highlights the common practices that a farmer may choose to implement in order to improve soil health. The online portion of this course must be completed before the field training.

The Wisconsin field training will build on the online course topics through hands-on activities and farm scenarios. It focuses on the evaluation of various agricultural practices on soil health parameters and the selling of these concepts to producers. Participants will utilize basic evaluation methods to document soil, water and plant properties in the field. Activities will enhance participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies.

Students may enroll in the online course between now and April 30, 2015, and have until May 31, 2015 to complete the online portion. Field training site(s) will depend on the locations of the online student participants, and will be held after the online course is complete. CCA CEUs will be applied for.

This introductory course is a prerequisite for a series of supplemental online soil health courses, including Soil Health - Cover Crops for Healthy Soils, Soil-Water Management and Soil Health Management Systems.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu 

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Soil Health - Cover Crops for Healthy Soils

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online training with field component

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/02c773

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: The online Cover Crops for Healthy Soils course will introduce participants to the basics of using cover crops to improve soil health. Course materials will provide an understanding of the agronomic, economic and environmental benefits of using cover crops in diverse agricultural systems, as well as common barriers to cover crop implementation. Participants also will be introduced to common cover crop species and their potential agronomic benefits and challenges. In addition, this course will guide participants through the process of assisting producers in the proper selection, establishment, management and termination of cover crop species to meet specific soil health and production system goals. The online portion of this course must be completed before the field training.

The Wisconsin field training will build on the online course topics through hands-on activities and farm scenarios. It will also focus on the evaluation of various agricultural practices on soil health parameters and the selling of these concepts to producers. Participants will utilize basic evaluation methods to document soil, water and plant properties in the field. Activities will develop participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies.

Students may enroll in the online course between now and April 30, 2015, and have until May 31, 2015 to complete the online portion. Field training site(s) will depend on the locations of the online student participants, and will be held after the online course is complete. CCA CEUs will be applied for.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Soil-Water Management

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online training with field component

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/vr543t

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: Building on the basics from the Intro to Healthy Soils training, the Soil-Water Management course will delve further into the topics of soil-water and soil moisture management. Students will gain an understanding of soil-water properties related to water quality and quantity, the benefits of improving water infiltration and soil moisture holding capacity, the common challenges to adoption of practices that improve soil-water balance and how to overcome those challenges. Real-farm examples will be used to reinforce course concepts. The cost of this course includes the field day and the online portion of this course must be completed before the field training.

The Wisconsin field training will build on the online course topics through hands-on activities and farm scenarios. It will also focus on the evaluation of various agricultural practices on soil health parameters and the selling of these concepts to producers. Participants will utilize basic evaluation methods to document soil, water and plant properties in the field. Activities will develop participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies.

Students may enroll in the online course between now and April 30, 2015, and have until May 31, 2015 to complete the online portion. Field training site(s) will depend on the locations of the online student participants, and will be held after the online course is complete. CCA CEUs will be applied for.

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

Soil Health Management Systems

Dates:   January 1, 2015

End Date: May 31, 2015

Location:  Self paced online training with field component

Registration Site: http://go.wisc.edu/1tmco5

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program

Training Description: Soil Health Management Systems focuses on the challenge of implementing soil health practices in a farming system. This course will guide participants through the process of selecting appropriate soil health management practices to meet farm-specific management requirements and goals. Course materials will explore the key agronomic management principles to improve soil health, including: reduced tillage, cover crops, crop rotations and mulching, with an emphasis on understanding the benefits and challenges of implementing various soil health management practices within diverse agricultural production systems. The online portion of this course must be completed before the field training.

The Wisconsin field training will build on the online course topics through hands-on activities and farm scenarios. It will also focus on the evaluation of various agricultural practices on soil health parameters and the selling of these concepts to producers. Participants will utilize basic evaluation methods to document soil, water and plant properties in the field. Activities will develop participants’ data collection, communication and problem-solving skills through in-field case studies.

Students may enroll in the online course between now and April 30, 2015, and have until May 31, 2015 to complete the online portion. Field training site(s) will depend on the locations of the online student participants, and will be held after the online course is complete. CCA CEUs will be applied for

Point of Contact: Kevin Erb

Email: kevin.erb@ces.uwex.edu

Telephone: (920) 391-4652

The Great Lakes Regional Conservation Professional Development and Training Program

The Great Lakes Regional Conservation Professional Development and Training Program offers training programs for TSPs in many aspects of on-farm conservation including: Conservation Planning, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning, RUSLE2, AgroForestry, Integrated Pest Management, TSP Orientation and more! Web-based training may be available for some courses. Take a look at their catalog at:

http://conservation-training.uwex.edu