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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

—Bayfield, WI- April 23-27, 2018
—North Carolina- Dates/Location TBD
—Montana- Dates/Location TBD


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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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Midcareer and Preretirement Pilot Courses For Civil Service Retirement

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In support of this strategy, NRCS launched a retirement training pilot for midcareer and pre-retirement NRCS employees in August 2017. The program focuses on educating employees on the need for retirement savings and investment, provides information on how to plan for retirement, and teaches how to calculate the retirement investments needed to meet their retirement goals.

—Mid-Career is for employees who have between 5-20 years of service
—Pre-retirement is those who are 10 years or less of being retirement eligible
—Spouses can attend training for free

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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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