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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.

View the TSP course lists and AgLearn Registration Instructions.

A listing of required AgLearn Training Courses for TSPs.

 

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.

CAP 122 and 124 Training for TSPs (Utah)

Dates:  May 8, 2014

Location:  Salt Lake City, Utah

Training Sponsor(s):  UT NRCS

Training Description:

Overview of CAP 122 and 124 as well as TSP orientation and conservation planning

Points of Contact:   Dave Varner

Email:  Dave.Varner@ut.usda.gov

Telephone: 435-637-0041 ext 101

CRP and Forestry Online Course

Dates:   Now through May 31, 2014. Must register by May 15, 2014

Location:  Online

Registration Site: Registration site for this course

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program- University of Wisconsin-Extension

Training Description:

The NEW online CRP and Forestry courseshowcases NRCS best practices and requirements for CRP forestry conservation plans to establish and maintain forests, windbreaks and riparian forest buffers.

Through a mix of reading activities, case studies and videos, participants will:

  • Understand major NRCS conservation practices used for CRP forestry practices
  • Analyze and choose an appropriate mix of practice standards for a multi-zone riparian forest buffer
  • Design a windbreak for a farmstead
  • Plan the site preparation, establishment and all maintenance activities for a pine forest
  • Locate state-specific invasive species resources and forestry best management practices (BMPs)

The course covers each state's locally adapted NRCS conservation practice standards, job sheets and technical notes. We will also take an in-depth look at Farm Service Agency (FSA) CRP practices used to plant trees.

Point of Contact: Erika Kluetmeier, Project Manager

Email: erika.kluetmeier@ces.uwex.edu

Understanding the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2 )

Dates:   Now through May 31, 2014

Location:  Online

Registration Site: Registration site for this course

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program- University of Wisconsin-Extension

Training Description:

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) course will teach students basic soil water erosion concepts as well as how to use the RUSLE2 model.

This is an online course, designed to be completed on the student's own schedule. We estimate it will take 4 hours to complete the course.

NOTE: Participants in the CRP Readiness Initiative who have completed the Core Curriculum course may register for the free section of this course. Those individuals can also elect to sign up with the CRPRI Course Track on the CPTP registration site to track your process through the entire CRPRI program.

Point of Contact: Erika Kluetmeier, Project Manager

Email: erika.kluetmeier@ces.uwex.edu

Understanding the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS) 

Dates:   Now through May 31, 2014

Location:  Online

Registration Site: Registration site for this course

Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program- University of Wisconsin-Extension

Training Description:

This introductory course teaches the principal concepts of the soil wind erosion process. The course also provides guidance on the installation and setup of WEPS software. Participants have the opportunity to observe the use of the software and practice using it. 

Available in all states through May 31, FREE upon completion of Core Training

Point of Contact: Erika Kluetmeier, Project Manager

Email: erika.kluetmeier@ces.uwex.edu

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE CRP COURSES

In-person courses also available in South and Northeast-NC, LA, TX, PA, MD

Registration deadlines are quickly approaching for several FREEin-person, online and hybrid CRP courses being offered through The Conservation Professional Training Program. Click on the green course links belowfor details on course descriptions, locations and registration. 

Online courses are available for a limited time through May 31st. Core Training is available at no charge to all participants, but the last day to register is May 15, 2014. All courses are FREE for NRCS or FSA employees, or upon completion of Core Training.

National Online courses due to expire May 31, 2014 include:

Hybrid and in-person courses available this spring in the South and Northeast include: 

All courses are based on the unique planning needs and ecosystems within each region and are open to all conservation professionals. For your convenience, in-person courses will be offered on back-to-back days, so feel free to sign up for more than one course! 

Your participation in our courses offers these perks:

  • CRP Core Training satisfies TechReg Conservation Planning modules 1-5
  • CEUs earned in a variety of disciplines
  • FREE access to our suite of online supplemental courses and any in-person/hybrid courses offered in your state   

Please visit our website FacesofCRP.info for an overview of the entire initiative including training information, benefits and CEUs. We look forward to helping you take the next step in your professional development. 

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Dates and Locations:

In-Person Courses:

CRP Plan - Start to Finish

Available in NC, LA and TX 

Salisbury, North Carolina 

Date: May 13

Registration deadline: May 5

West Monroe, Louisiana

Date: May 20

Registration deadline: May 12

Lubbock, Texas

Date: May 28 2014

Registration deadline: May 20

 

Hybrid Online/In-Person Courses:

There is an online component to these courses. Instructions for completing the online portion of the course will be provided after registration. Participants will have approximately two weeks to complete the online portion of the course prior to the in-person workshop.

Mid-Contract Management: Creating and Maintaining Exceptional Habitat  

Available in NC, MD, PA  

Salisbury, North Carolina 

Date: Wednesday, May 14

Registration deadline: CHECK TO SEE IF CAN GET ON THE WAITING LIST! 

Queenstown, Maryland   

Date: May 20

Registration deadline: CHECK TO SEE IF CAN GET ON THE WAITING LIST!

 Keedysville, Maryland   

Date: May 28

Registration deadline: May 5 

Leesport, Pennsylvania 

Date: June 24

Registration deadline: June 2  

Indiana, Pennsylvania 

Date: Wednesday July 9

Registration deadline: June 16  

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 

Date: Tuesday, July 15

Registration deadline: June 23  

     

Completing the Environmental Evaluation for NEPA Compliance: CPA-52

Available in LA and TX 

West Monroe, LA 

Date: Wednesday May 21

Registration deadline: CHECK TO SEE IF CAN GET ON THE WAITING LIST!

Lubbock, TX  

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014

Registration deadline: May 6

 

Developing Wildlife Habitat

Available in PA 

Leesport, Pennsylvania 

Date: Wednesday, June 25

Registration deadline: June 2  

Indiana, Pennsylvania 

Date: Thursday, July 10

Registration deadline: June 17  

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 

Date: Wednesday, July 16

Registration deadline: June 23


Registration Site: 

http://conservation-training.wisc.edu/

or

http://facesofcrp.info/training/

 
Training Sponsor(s):

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Initiative was created to build a quality pool of conservation professionals to help the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) accomplish the work involved with CRP enrollments, CRP plan development and implementation, and the follow up management of developed plans. Under guidance from the Conservation Professional Training Program, a national team of Extension staff, NRCS and FSA staff, and representatives from NRCS partner agencies and organizations has collaborated to develop a multi-faceted training program to accomplish the goals of the initiative.


Points of Contact:

Rae West, PMP, Project Manager - Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI), 445 Henry Mall #202A

Email: Paul.West@ces.uwex.edu

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.wisc.edu/