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
Field Day   
1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 28

Steve Thompson will talk about the history of his family farming and taking care of the land, as well as particulars of the stream project.  DNR will shock the stream to do a fish inventory.  For more information, contact Kriss Marion at (608) 588-0501.
WI Counties Association (WCA)
Weekly Budget Briefing Webinars
9:00-10:00 a.m.

The biennial state budget is generally the single most important legislative document relating to county budgets and operations. Nearly every legislative decision has an impact on the way in which counties provide services, and understanding what decisions are being made can help inform the response by counties.   WCA staff will update participants on the actions and impacts of the Joint Committee on Finance's (JCF's) budget deliberations from the previous week and the week to come and invite participants to ask questions and offer feedback. To find out more, go to   
The Adaptation Workbook - Building 
Your Climate Adaptation Plan
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 4

This webinar provides an overview of the Adaptation Workbook - an online, interactive, and practical workbook that helps land managers develop their own custom built climate change adaptation plans ( The presentation will include a background on the concepts behind the Adaptation Workbook process, a tour of the Adaptation Workbook website, and a few examples to illustrate how this tool is being used in the real world. For more information, go to
Feedlot and Milkhouse Waste Discharges
May 9-10 - Jefferson County
May 23-24 - Vernon County
May 31-June 1 - Portage County

Learning objectives are:
  • Gain an understanding of the basic causes of runoff for feedlot and milkhouse waste.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the tools used for the evaluation of sites.
  • Evaluate flow paths, watershed areas, slopes, and other factors used in determining runoff potential for impacting waterbodies.
  • Provide for a base level of evaluation to promote consistency across the state when evaluating these types of sites. 
For more information, contact Penny at
Vector Arthropods and How to Avoid Them
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, May 10

Mosquitoes and ticks are major nuisance pests that vector many diseases. Their feeding habits can affect your farm's bottom line by detouring the public from visiting and reducing animal health. They can cost you and your employees' time and money with doctor visits, and if left untreated many of these vector diseases can lead to long-term chronic health issues and death. Topics covered include: pest biology, common arthropod-borne illnesses, personal prevention, and control methods. Register at
Sand Mine Life Cycle Seminar and WPDES Nonmetallic Mining (NMM) Permit Process Seminar
Photo credit WDNR
May 11-May 13
Eau Claire

May 11 - Overview of nonmetallic mining in Wisconsin and permitting under individual and general permits that includes the perspective of the WDNR and industry.  Discussion will include the similarities of all NMM processes and potential impacts and the differences in general permits.  Topics will include new water management requirements, hydrology, the importance of understanding local site conditions, permit compliance, and permit maintenance.

May 12 - The sand mine life cycle portion of the seminar is designed for regulators, geologists, engineers, land use planners,and others involved in siting, permitting, operating, and reclaiming sand mines in the Midwest.  The latest environmental research and operation innovations will be shared with time to talk with industry experts and vendors. 

May 13 - Field trip "Industrial Sand Resources of West Central Wisconsin"

Concrete Repair Alternatives: 
Photo from Washington  County LWCD
Techniques, Economic Feasibility, 
Limitations  and Application
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16

Learn basic concrete repair alternatives and how to formulate and carry out a repair plan tailored to site specific needs.  More information is available at
Success Stories of Voluntary, Incentive-
Based Conservation Programs
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 16

The webinar will showcase success stories of work led by conservation districts, state conservation agencies, and their partners to address natural resource issues.  Register at
Fence and Water Demo
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 18

This event will demonstrate how to construct a high tensile fencing system and summer watering system on 58 acres.   Randy Cutler of Cutler Fence will instruct on permanent fence construction, temporary wire use for daily livestock
moves, summer watering system installations, and portable water tank use. Contact William at for more information.
Field Planning and Layout of Terraces,
Diversions, and Water and Sediment
Control Basins (WASCOBs)
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 18

Technicians will get out to the field to work with layout using GPS units. Actual planning and field layout work on terraces and diversions in the field will be done. This will be a good opportunity to learn some different techniques for planning and laying out these practices. Also, see existing terraces that have already been installed.  Register with Beth Peterson at
Water Productivity - Concept, Utility, 
and Pathways for Improvement
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23

This webinar introduces the concept of water productivity (WP) in agriculture. It discusses the emergence of WP from older biophysical concepts of transpiration efficiency and crop water use efficiency, and explores its diagnostic utility and major pathways for its improvement in agricultural settings. While the concept of WP has usefulness in many agricultural sectors, the focus is on its utility in irrigated crop production systems at scales ranging from field to farm, irrigation district, and river basins.  More information at 
Communicating on Difficult Topics with Difficult People
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, May 24

You will be provided with concrete tips on how to talk about uncomfortable subjects with difficult people. Learn how to clarify what you want, what they want, how to make them feel heard and make sure they hear you, and how to come up with solutions that work for everyone. Register at
Field Days to Focus on How to Grow Specialty Crops in Northern Wisconsin
May 24-25

Growers interested in learning about specialty crop growing  techniques in northern Wisconsin are invited to visit four local farms where specialty crops including strawberries, blueberries, tree fruits, and nuts are growing. More information can be found at
Grazing Workshop
9:30 a.m .
Thursday, May 25
Spring Green

Come see and discuss grazing practices - grazing rotations, a  demonstration of moving fence, no-till drilling for pasture
improvement, goats for brush control, stream stabilization
and crossings, overwintering fields in recovery, challenges
with erosion and runoff, and a rainfall simulator showing
impacts of land cover on erosion.

Then enjoy brats, plus seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf - whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone we seek to help through our conservation practices.

For more information, contact:   Margaret Krome at (608) 238-1440  or Gene Schriefer at (608) 930-9850.
Soil Mechanics I
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (each day)
May 31 and June 1

This training is for employees needing the fundamentals of soil classification systems. Participants will learn to classify soils by the Unified, AASHTO, and USDA Textual Soil Classification Systems using laboratory data, soil series, and soil map unit descriptions.  They will also run simple field identification tests and visually classify soils in the proper grouping of the Unified Soil Classification System.  Contact Beth Peterson to register at 
Using Fire and Grazing to Maintain Productive and Ecologically Resilient Grasslands
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 1   

In this webinar participants will learn about the effects of grazing and fire on grassland wildlife and opportunities to manage grazing lands to accomplish production and wildlife goal.  Go to for more information.
Soil Erosion Mat and Sediment Retention Products
Tuesday, June 6
Rice Lake

This course will describe the developmental research, design/selection, and correct
installation of erosion control fabrics and sediment
retention products.  American Excelsior scientists and field representatives will be on site to provide
information, give demonstrations, and answer questions.  Contact Pete Wurzer at to register.

Clean Rivers, Clean Lake Conference
May 4

Citizen Science Association Conference
May 17-20
St. Paul, 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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