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Retirement Training

NEDC has scheduled retirement training for NRCS employees to educate them on the need for retirement savings and investment, provide information on how to plan for retirement, and teach participants how to calculate the retirement investments needed to meet retirement goals. Click on the links to view more information about each course, then click “Register Now” to identify a specific session and request registration. Requests will be routed to the supervisor for approval. Registered participants can bring a guest such as their spouse; however, only the registered participant will receive a copy of the materials. Employee travel will be funded by the employee’s organizational unit.

Plan Your Career at NRCS

Explore the new NRCS Career Maps, Career Guides, and Leadership Development Framework (LDF).

  • NRCS Career Maps and Guides provide a holistic understanding of how the jobs and grade levels are connected within and across occupational series. They help employees make informed decisions about their career development at NRCS.
  • NRCS Leadership Development Framework (LDF) helps employees determine their individual leadership development path. The LDF curriculum consists of recommended training courses and experiential learning opportunities that target key competencies deemed critical for leadership development.

ArcGIS Pro - Essential Workflows Course

NGCE is hosting an ESRI ArcGIS Pro Essential Workflows course on August 14-17, 2018.

Audience: State Office GIS Specialists,  Soils GIS Specialists, and other advanced GIS professionals

  • ArcGIS Pro represents the first major update of the ArcGIS Desktop in the past 15 years. 
  • ArcPro operates in a true 64 bit environment that will contain all the tools and capabilities of ArcGIS Desktop plus much more.  Using a ribbon interface, workflows have been streamlined and features have been significantly enhanced.  In particular the 3D functionality and ability to share maps and data directly to the web have been greatly improved. 
  • A significant advantage of the ArcGIS Pro is that it can be installed and run concurrently with any version ArcGIS 10.0 or better.  This will allow all Toolkit users to have access to the full capabilities of the ArcGIS desktop.
  • The first three days will be taught by ESRI instructors.  Students will introduced to the capabilities and functionality of ArcGIS Pro interface.  Followed by lessons focusing on navigating the ArcGIS Pro interface, data management/organization, layer properties in ArcGIS Pro (symbology, labeling, visualization), working with tables, displaying 3D GIS data in Pro, editing and analysis of GIS data, creation of print and web maps, and various strategies for sharing GIS data, maps, and other content with ArcGIS Pro.
  • The final ½ day students will be given NRCS lessons related to geoprocessing producing Spatial Analyst derivatives; SSURGO to raster/gSSURGO; and using elevation data.

If you would like to attend, please sign up in AgLearn.

Conservation Buffers

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September 11-13, 2018
Lincoln, NE

This course provides 16 hours of training on conservation buffer practice design in the classroom. At completion, participants should be able to:

  • recognize impaired conditions that conservation buffers can address
  • select, locate, and design conservation buffers to solve problems, meet landowner objectives, and fit within existing and planned management systems
  • recognize aspects of available incentive programs to extend the use of buffer technology
  • identify and overcome differences between programmatic and technical requirements related to conservation buffers; and
  • articulate a vision for using buffers in back-home locales and develop a communication strategy.

Working Effectively with American Indians

Working Effectively with American Indians

In this week-long NEDC Course, participants will enjoy learning from local tribal representatives and NRCS employees from across the country who have many years of experience working with tribal nations. This training is open to all federal employees.

FY18 Session Dates and Locations

Port Gamble, WA - August 13-17, 2018
Mashantucket, CT – August 20-24, 2018
Cherokee, NC – August 27-31, 2018


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Effective District Conservationist

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NEDC is pleased to announce a NEW course in our catalog called “Effective District Conservationist.” The pilot session is currently open for registration. Because it is in the centrally funded timeframe, seat allotments must be used for registration. Training Officers may enroll their employees directly.

—Targeted to NRCS District Conservationists with 6 months to three years of experience
—Leadership roles and responsibilities
—Implement NRCS Strategic Plan goals and priorities

FY18 Schedule now available in Calendar format!

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Balancing Conservation and Food Safety

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The two courses Protecting Conservation on Produce Farms and Conservation Planning with Produce Farmers on Balancing Conservation and Food Safety are now available on AgLearn. The purpose of these courses is to provide information related to the new Food and Drug Administration's Produce Safety Rule that affects all farmers who grow fresh produce that is consumed raw. The Produce Safety Rule resulting from the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was published as final in November 2015. Implementation of the rule has now begun and NRCS Conservation Planners may encounter customers who have concerns about how their conservation plans will intersect with their food safety management concerns.

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