State Interagency Training Committee
Conservation Training
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Coordinating an efficient approach for building a statewide team of well-trained conservation professionals that deliver best management practices for soil and water conservation
Pasture Walk
Photo credit - MOSES
9:30 a.m.- Noon
Saturday, July 8
Black River Falls

Come see a pasture layout and Land Conservation project to move cattle to grazing acres. More details can be found at
Soil Health Challenges of High Disturbance Crops
1:oo-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 11

In stark contrast to the soil health principle of minimizing soil disturbance, certain crops, such as potatoes, sugar beets, and peanuts, require a lot of soil disturbance during harvest, leaving these soils in a degraded state. This webinar focuses on how innovative farmers overcome the impact of disturbance activities by adopting the ecological concepts outlined in NRCS' soil health principles. Cover crops play a significant role in increased diversity and keeping living roots growing longer. The presenter will cover innovative methods of seeding cover crops after harvest, cover crop selection for optimum benefits, and impacts of grazing livestock to accelerate soil health changes.  Register at
Grass-Fed Beef & Dairy in a Diversified System
10:00 a.m.-3:00 -p.m.
Wednesday, July 12

Farmer and grazing instructor Kirsten Jurcek offers a behind-the-scenes tour of her successful beef and dairy grazing operation. Learn about rotational grazing, and how to establish a conservation easement, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)-funded prairie, and silviculture plantings of fruit and nut trees. Other topics include honeybee hives and ongoing warm season pasture experiments. Go to to register.
Email Newsletters - Tips and Tools      
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, July 12

Are you overwhelmed by the thought of writing your own e-newsletter? It's not as difficult as you might think to create an engaging newsletter to wow your readers! In this webinar we will discuss the nuts and bolts of developing a newsletter, criteria for content, frequency of distribution, the best way to grow a newsletter, and how to use it to generate revenue and build relationships. In addition to discussing best practices, we'll even share a few tools to measure your success!  Register at 
Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring
July 14-15

This course will give students a sound background in the theory and practice of wildlife inventory and monitoring (I&M), with an emphasis on (but not limited to) Wisconsin amphibians and reptiles, and regional programs. The course will review the essentials of sampling design, study planning and data collection, standard techniques for I&M, analysis of data, and the importance and value of I&M. Students will learn how to design I&M programs specific to various objectives, and understand the differences between inventory and monitoring. Common techniques for I&M will be demonstrated in the field. The course is appropriate for researchers involved in wildlife sampling, persons performing inventories (such as for agencies, environmental consulting, or preserve management), and persons involved in adaptive management for ecological restoration projects.  Registration can be found at
Pasture for Grass-Fed Pork and Beef
1:00-4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 17

Come hear  about pasture renovation and soil improvement in an organic system. Learn how to manage a mix of perennial pasture and annual cover crops to meet the nutritional needs of pigs and cattle. Examples of watering methods, fencing, housing, and pasture feeding will be shown. In addition, crop choices, crop planning, soil fertility improvement, and pasture renovation will be discussed.  More information and registration can be found at
Promoting Grazing for Conservation
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 18

Livestock graziers will share a brief background on grazing, how to promote grazing to farmers, and how to support and maintain a healthy grazing network in your area.  To register for this free training, contact Joel at 
Risky Business: Assessing Areas of Risk for Current and Potential Organic Operations
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 18

Risks are threats but also opportunities in life and business. Organic operations can make strides in managing various forms of risk. Topics covered in this webinar will be risk assessment and management for farmers and processors as well as transitioning, new, and long-time producers. Special points of interest will include: Common stumbling blocks, sourcing from questionable countries and suppliers, managing equipment prone to contamination, preventing compliance issues, successfully managing split production operations and much, much more.   To register, go to 
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 19

This training will focus on WI NRCS spreadsheets related to hydraulic design which includes the hydraulics of a weir, culvert, and embankment pipe.  Gutters, underground outlets, and surbsurface drains will also be covered.  Contact Beth at for more details.
Basic Ag for Conservationists
Thursday, July 20 - Stevens Point
Friday, September 8 -  Arlington

This training is intended to provide the necessary basic farming knowledge to better work alongside agricultural communities to implement conservation practices for improved land management.  For information and to register by July 14, go to  Also, the program agendas can be found at
Irrigation Water Management Plans 
9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 20

Learn how to write an irrigation water management plan for large and micro irrigation systems.  From the planning to writing plans, we will be covering the basic concepts and tools that we have available.  Contact Beth at to find out more and to register.
Diversified Organic Grain Rotations
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 21

Farmers Paul Bickford and John Wepking explain their organic systems, which protect not only local watersheds, but also Gulf Coast fisheries at the other end of the country. They will also talk about designing a crop rotation, large-scale small grain production, processing, marketing your whole rotation, on-farm storage, growing organic seed corn, and mentorship models and farm transfer.  To find out more, go to
Farm Tour at Whitefeather Organics
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 22

Whitefeather Organics is a diverse farm offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, eggs, meat (chicken, turkey, pig), tours, workshops, and pizza night! Tour the farm and then have the option to purchase fresh baked pizza.  Contact Mary at or (715) 544-4859 with questions.
GMOs & Wisconsin Panel Discussion
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Monday, July 24

There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs and much confusion. The topic is especially relevant in Wisconsin, with UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences scientists working at the forefront of GMO-related research, agriculture and the life science industries having invested heavily in the technology, and new developments affecting numerous stakeholders in agriculture, business, and the public sector. However, discussions about GE crops need to move past broad pro/con statements and address the complexities of this fast-evolving field. During this event, we will hear from expert panelists covering a range of perspectives related to this issue. Go to for more information and to register.
Native Thistles: Important and Misunderstood Plants for Conservation
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25

Participate in this training to learn about native thistles and ways to conserve them. This webinar will highlight the wide diversity of native thistles and the 130+ pollinator species and other beneficial insects known to visit native thistle flowers. Learn how native thistles can be propagated and incorporated into conservation plantings, along with management practices to reduce intrusion of invasive thistles. Current biological control programs and other land management practices aimed at invasive non-native thistles threaten native thistles, with some at risk of extinction. Register at
Rotational Grazing Utilizing Robotic Milking
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25

Hear from veteran dairy farmers from Holland for a unique look at the use of robotic milking on a grazing farm.  Contact William at for more information.
Pasture Walk & Reviewing Grazing Infrastructure Basics
10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 25
Gays Mills

Hear about fine tuning pasture productivity with varied paddock breaks and rotation of cattle movement and alwo possible Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) improvements. Contact Vance at to find out more.
Crop & Pest Management Workshop
8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 25

This in-field workshop will include:
-Pigweed Species Identification and Control
-Spray Drift Mitigation
-Diagnostic Troubleshooting

See event flyer for more details and registration link
Agriculture Professional Partnerships Training for Non-Farm Professionals
July 25-27

Held on dairy farms throughout southern Wisconsin, farmers will open their barn doors to allow you a safe experience to explore their animal care practices, environmental stewardship techniques, employee management, and the economics of production agriculture. For more information, check out
Women Caring for the Land Workshops
July 25, August 2, 8, 9, 15
Various locations

These workshops are geared toward women farmers or landowners who are interested in learning more about conservation and networking with other farm women in their region.  Go to to find out more.
Aquatic Invertebrates
July 28-29

This course will introduce participants to the diversity of aquatic invertebrates inhabiting Wisconsin's waters. After an introduction to the ecology and taxonomy of major groups of aquatic invertebrates, we will visit a variety of field sites to collect and identify invertebrates. Topics to be covered include the challenges of living in water, sampling methods for aquatic invertebrates, use of keys and other resources for identification, and aquatic invertebrates as bioindicators. This course is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about aquatic invertebrates and their role in freshwater systems.  Register at
Review Course for Erosion & Sediment Control
8:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 29

Check out to register for this course through EnviroCert International, Inc.
Prescribed Grazing Technical Service Provider Training
NRCS Photo with Grazing Land Specialist Brian Pillsbury on right
August 8-10

This training for those interested in becoming a Technical Service Providers (TSP) in prescribed grazing and others interested in a comprehensive course in pasture management.  Topics covered include economics, environmental benefits, herd health, nutrition, developing stocking rates, paddock sizing, forage balance, and the characteristics of major forage species.  Also covered will be fence layout, design, and construction, watering system layout and construction, heavy use areas and walkways.  NRCS Conservation Practice Standards for each will be discussed. Participants will learn how to write a Prescribed Grazing Plan to meet NRCS standards. Registration is limited to the first 20 people to sign up by August 1 for this free training.   To register for the course or for more information contact John at (608) 520-0017 or

ESRI Imaging and Mapping Forum
July 8-11
San Diego, CA
Farm Technology Days
July 11-13

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) Annual Conference
July 30-August 2

North American Manure Expo
August 22-23

Wisconsin Counties Association Annual Conference
September 24-26
Wisconsin Dells

Food, Land & Water Conference
October 16-17
Elkhart Lake

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