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
Muddying the Water: How Frames Affect Perceptions of Watershed Issues   
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Monday, May 15

The words and images that we use to contextualize watershed issues can help communicate why an issue matters, how it should be defined, who is responsible and what should be done.  In this session we will explore the different communication schema used to present, interpret and organize issue-related information, and learn some research-based techniques for using framing to advocate for watershed issues.   Attendees are encouraged to bring their difficult communication issues for discussion during and after the presentation. To register, go to
Pasture Walk on Patch Burn Grazing
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16

Learn how to:  Rejuvenate idle grassland- CRP;  Set up land to contract grazing;  Use prescribed fire;  Graze after a burn.   RSVP by May 15 at (608) 732-1202.
Soil Health Principles Workshop
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 19

The workshop  will cover:  Role of the carbon cycle in our cropping and grazing systems; Soil aggregates and pore spaces, how are they made (and remade); Soil health principles; Soil armor; Minimizing soil disturbance; Plant diversity; Continual live plant/root; Livestock integration. To register visit or  call Sarah at (608) 637-5480.
Climate Change Forum
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Sturgeon Bay

Hear from experts about: 
  • Climate Change and Extreme Weather: What to Expect Here and Around the World
  • A Cleaner Environment....Better Health.....Lower Costs......Stronger Economy
  • Talking about Climate Change: Strategies to Reach Beyond the Choir
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Shoreline Protection & Restoration
9:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 20
Beaver Dam

From rip rap to native plantings, learn about shoreline repair, maintenance, and beautification.  Hear about Wisconsin's Healthy Lakes Program from Lakes Specialist/Outreach Program Manager Patrick Goggin and join in on a native planting.  To register go to or call (920) 356-1200.
Cover Crop & Soil Quality Field Day
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 20
Mount Sterling

Learn ways to improve your soil by keeping it covered.  A rainfall simulator demonstration will show how cover crops protect soil and different cover termination options. Register by calling Sarah at (608) 637-5480 or visiting
Extending Imagery to the Cloud for Infinitely Scalable Raster Analytics
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23

GIS has modernized the collection and management of massive quantities of data from multiple sensors, enabling organizations to quickly interpret and make use of the information.  Learn how ArcGIS goes far beyond traditional imagery applications to provide modern imagery management capabilities, raster analytical tools capable of running in distributed environments, and improved imagery services for final product dissemination that supports massive files. Register at
Federal Funding & Financing for Farmers
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23

Do you want to know more about the federal loan, grant, cost share, conservation, and insurance programs that are available to sustainable farmers? If so, attend this webinar!  Registration can be found at
Aquatic Plant Identification Trainings
Five Workshops During June   

Learn from the experts to identify aquatic plants at the one of five workshops in central and northern Wisconsin. Training sessions will help participants:
  • Understand the ecological role of aquatic plants in Wisconsin's water bodies
  • Learn how to distinguish the many species of aquatic plants that exist in Wisconsin
  • Learn about various aquatic habitats and which species like to grow there
For more information and to register, go to
Using Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands
Photo: Chris Helzer
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1

This webinar will provide training on the value of biological diversity and ecological resilience and discuss how fire and grazing can be used to sustain resilience, wildlife habitat, pollinator communities, and other important ecosystem components.  For more information, go to
Aphids, Scales, and White Flies
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Friday, June 2

Learn to identify and properly apply Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques using practical, cultural practices to reduce the pressure from aphids, scales, and white flies. Go to for more information.
Introduction to the Algae
June 2-3

This course will look at the taxonomy and ecology of midwest algae with an emphasis on some important nuisance taxa.  The lecture component of the class will cover the distinctions of the major algal groups and their role in the ecosystems.  In the field we will visit a variety of local aquatic habitats to learn collections techniques.  Back in the lab we will examine our sample using proper microscope techniques and identify our collected specimens with the use of taxonomic keys. Check out for more details.
Transitioning to Organic
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6

Join this webinar to learn about the motivations, needs, and challenges of the transition to organic. For more information go to
Photo credit:  NRCS
Pasture Walk
10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 6

This event will review grazing infrastructure basics.  Explore facilities and/or equipment upgrades for supplementing cattle off pasture (feeding shed/ feed lane or alley options) on a limited budget and review current pastures and soil tests.   More information can be found at
GPS for Planners
9:00 am.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7

Many offices have GPS units, and these units aren't just for technicians.  They can be very helpful for planners as well.  Uploading points to layout in the field as well as learning how to survey and bring points into ArcMap and CADD will be shown in addition to other helpful tools.  Please register by contacting Beth Peterson at
Beef Cattle Pasture Walk & Fencing Demonstratio
Dane County Grazing Network
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7

Look at well-established diverse forage pastures, recently seeded pastures, and pastures that will again be grazed to remove woody species. The differences in soil health in these pastures will be compared.

This event will provide hands-on experience in fence repair, fence design, corner construction, portable fence usage, and proper energizer selection, and energizer grounding. Discover the ins and outs of fencing for livestock, including planning, placement, and practicality of making fence!


Citizen Science Association Conference
May 17-20
St. Paul, MN
Midwest Farm Energy Conference
J une 13-14
Morris, MN

Northwest Wisconsin Lakes Conference
June 16

The Energy Fair
June 16-18

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

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

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