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Crop Planning for Profits in 2019
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 17

Topics covered will include:

- Heijuka (load-leveling) for an even pace of work
- Tools for precise value identification to attract and keep paying customers
- Kanban (replenishment system) crop planning for the most efficient use of growing space

Put together, these lean tools are the best way to manage your farm for a high-profit year in 2019. Register at
313 et. al. Waste Management Standards 
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18
Conference Call/Webinar

T he webinar and/or conference call is intended to be interactive after its first year of implementation. To make the tr aining meet your needs, provide questions or areas of concern to Scott at  Join the webinar from your computer, table, or smartphone at 
Mapping the Earth from Imagery Using Raster Analytics and AI
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is disrupting the traditional science of remote sensing. Join us to learn about the latest concepts in using AI for the creation of geospatial information and how to train open source AI tools to identify and extract features from imagery. We will also be sharing details about our collaboration with Microsoft on an AI initiative that autonomously extracts and updates land cover as new overhead imagery is collected and analyzed. Register at
Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands: How Do We Reverse the Trends to Achieve Net Habitat Gain
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19

Brief presentations will focus on the status and need to assess coastal wetlands, how to advance practices that enhance and expand them, and pilot efforts to set and track ecological targets. We also look forward to hearing your views on what actions are needed to reverse the trend in wetland loss and achieve net habitat gain in the Great Lakes.  Register at
NACD Urban and Community Conservation Webinar
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, December 20

The Rockingham County Conservation District in New Hampshire installed demonstration Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRB), a new passive technology used to control nitrogen with a formulation of wood chips, exchange media, and sand or gravel to transform inorganic nitrogen to nitrogen gas. This technology can be used in conjunction with an existing or new septic system to prevent nitrogen migration to sensitive watershed areas. A groundwater monitoring program was used to evaluate the effectiveness of this technology at a small residential and larger community septic system.
In Wichita, Kansas, sandy soils have been mined for commercial purposes, resulting in a sand pit that fills with groundwater. Stormwater drains into the resulting lake from the residential lawns, parking lots, driveways, and roads. The Sedgwick County Conservation District along with partnering agencies set up monitoring wells to determine whether pollutants carried by runoff into sand pits affect the quality of the groundwater and to help identify appropriate best management practices to address this.

To register, email Debra at WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.
Ecology and Physiology of Plants in Winter
January 4-5
UW-Milwaukee Field Station

The plants of temperate and boreal regions have several anatomical and physiological adaptations that allow them to survive low temperatures. Minimum temperatures set the range limits for many species, and snow and ice loading can be important constraints on the morphology of northern trees. Some woody plants can photosynthesize in the winter, which is also an important time for seed dispersal. This workshop will explore all of the aspects of plant life in the winter, especially what is known about the special adaptations that allow northern plants to survive the freezing and drought associated with extreme cold. We will also spend some time learning the basic characteristics used to identify woody plants in the winter. This class includes a balance of indoor and outdoor study, lecture and hands-on activity.  Register at
Madison Field Scout Training Class
January 7-11

The course is designed to provide the skills necessary for proper pest identification, crop scouting techniques as well as provide complimentary baseline information for people preparing for the state CCA exam. Additional information such as crop growth and development, pest life cycle, pest damage symptoms, and economic thresholds will be covered. Pest control recommendations, although discussed, will not be highlighted in detail during this course. Crops covered will include: corn, alfalfa, soybean, and wheat. Find out more and register online at
Wisconsin Agronomy Update Meetings
January 7 - Janesville
January 8 - Madison & Fond du Lac
January 9 - Appleton & Wausau
January 10 - Altoona & Sparta
January 11 - Darlington

Joe Lauer and Shawn Conley will present the latest information on hybrid/variety performance, an analysis and discussion of last year's growing season, and updated recommendations for field crop production. Check out  for more details.
The Madness Behind the Methods: WAV Stream Flow Explained
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8

At training sessions and in streams each month, volunteers often have questions about the WAV stream flow methods, such as why the first number in stream depth is always "0" and why we have a velocity correction factor for stream bottom type. You may be surprised to know the rigor and research that is behind the WAV flow method. Tune in to hear Kris Stepenuck discuss the evolution of WAV stream flow methods and the related research that was included in her PhD thesis! Register at
Annie's Project Courses
6:00-9:00 p.m. 
January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12
Fond du Lac AND Monroe

These courses will bring women together through a course that shares valuable insights on important matters affecting their lives. Course topics include: *Financial risk *Market risk *Human resource risk *Production risk *Legal risk *Community building.  Find out more at
Farm Bill Update
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, January 9

Dr. Howard Leathers from the Maryland Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will review the major provisions of the farm bill.  Register at
Continuing the Farm Succession and Defining Team Roles
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9

If you're dreading the transition discussion or feeling stranded after the first steps of transition, this webinar will get you on the right track. Nicole will address critical areas in the succession-planning process for more harmony within the farm and the business. Though every situation is unique, yours is not the first of its kind. Gather tips and tricks that provide ways to move forward and align family members. As part of our discussion, we'll address the following areas: *Positioning the right people in the right roles *Motivating and engaging future generations *Working through conflicts to navigate common stresses and tensions.  Registration information can be found at 
Water Management and Water Quality
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9

This webinar will focus on the role of soil health and organic soil management in water conservation and water quality. Register at
Professional Dairy Producers  of Wisconsin 
Effective Leadership
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10

J oin to learn to properly prepare, practice, and position your dairy for success by perfecting your listening skills.  Focus on how to effectively communicate and mitigate conflict when working with your farm team, family members, and consumers. Find out more at
Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16

Building soil health through improved crop rotations, cover cropping, organic soil amendments, and other organic practices can improve yield stability and reduce risks of losses to drought, temperature extremes, weeds, and other stresses. Farmer experience and research have shown that healthy soil is the best form of crop insurance. Based on organic agricultural research and producer experience, this webinar will explore how several key soil health practices can reduce risks during organic transition and organic production. Register at
Applying Behavioral Psychology to Stop AIS
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 17

Learn the fundamentals of creating behavior change through simple and proven methods of applied behavioral psychology.  Register at
Innovative Ways to Attract, Retain, and Engage Talent
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 17

Local governments need to be savvy and intentional about how they connect with the next generation. The presenter will cover ten ways to engage Millennials and Gen Z including successful talent attraction case studies and strategies to create connection in communities. His philosophy for community engagement starts with change everything and then create solutions that empower constituents to create the communities they envision. Register at
Is My Water Safe to Drink?  Common Questions about Private Wells
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17

Your drinking water well doesn't have to be a mystery. In this webinar training, you'll learn the answers to common questions, such as:
  • How do I get my well water tested?
  • What do I need to do to take care of my well?
  • Is my well susceptible to contamination?
Increase Your Success in Finding and Submitting Grants
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tues day, January 22

If you or your organization relies on grants to fund stream monitoring or other education and outreach activities, you probably know that it can be a daunting task to keep the funds flowing and your work progressing. Not only do you need to find those grant sources, but you also have to develop and submit a proposal that will rise to the top and be awarded the funds you have requested. This webinar will include practical ideas that will help you be more successful in your pursuit of grand funds.  Register online at 
Introduction to Lakes
Starting Tues day, January 22

This six-week online course will cover:

- Lake ecology
- Lakes and their watersheds
- Shoreline protection and management
- Water law
- Aquatic plants
- Community involvement

Farming in the City
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, January 22-March 12

Learn production and business practices of urban and periurban farming: land access, resource management, annual and perennial cropping systems, animal agriculture, and business management, with an emphasis on food justice and social equity. Find out more at
What to Grow in an Urban Market Farm
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, January 23

Growing for market in a small urban garden or farm offers both challenges and opportunities. This webinar will talk about the kinds of specialty crops that are particularly suited to growing in an urban market garden for direct marketing to local customers. Register at
PAH Educational Workshop
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 24
Sturgeon Bay

New evidence shows that coal tar-based pavement sealants are toxic to humans, contaminate the environment, and lead to costly clean-up.  PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) are found in coal tar-based sealants. PAHs are carcinogenic and cause birth defects in humans and are toxic to aquatic life. Find more information at
Farm Enterprise Budgeting 
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 (snow date Jan. 30)
Stevens Point

A simple enterprise budget is extremely beneficial to help producers assess the financial viability of their cropping systems. The goal is not to perform an all-inclusive financial plan for the farm; it is to help them make basic, simple decisions regarding their various farm enterprises. If we show them the numbers and how conservation can pay, it seems to go a long way towards us "selling" conservation. We will run through various scenarios and practice running an enterprise budget. The focus will be on a using a corn budget and grassfed beef budget. 4.5 Professional Development Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered. Check out  or c ontact Penny at   f or more information.  
Leading Wisconsin Forward
Tuesday, January 29 

Join with other community leaders, elected officials, conservation officials,dairy and livestock producers, and fellow Wisconsinites who want to grow strong, vibrant communities. We'll cover topics such as transportation, education, environment, and regulations that have an impact on our day-to-day lives and routines. In addition to the Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, other experts will speak to the issues that matter.Go to
VTA Design and Roof Review
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 31

This training will include:
  • Brief refresher of 635 (VTA) Standard and going through VTA design spreadsheets
  • How to review a roof design
  • See roof construction and learn building components
Find out more and register with Drew at

PDPW Dairy Food & Policy Summit
December 19-20

NACD North Central Region Meeting
January 7-8

National No-Tillage Conference
January 8-11
Indianapolis, IN

Minnesota Organic Conference
January 10-11
St. Cloud, MN

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
January 11-13

Wisconsin Agribusiness Classic
January 15-17

Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Winter Workshop
January 18-20

Powering Local Leadership Summit
January 24-25

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24-26

Wisconsin Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference
January 25
Emerging Farmers Conference
January 25-26
St. Paul, MN

WI Farmers Union 88th Annual State Convention
January 25-27

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
January 27-29
Wisconsin Dells

Esri Federal GIS Conference
January 29-30
Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo
January 31-February 1
Wisconsin Dells

GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 31-February 2
Wisconsin Dells

Organic Vegetable Production Conference
February 1-2

Soil Health Conference
February 4-5
Ames, Iowa
Grower Education Conference & Industry Show
February 5-7
Stevens Point

NASECA-WI Annual Conference & Trade Show
February 6-7
Wisconsin Dells

Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators & Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin Symposium
February 18-20
Wisconsin Dells

Wetland Science Conference
February 19-21

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 20
Stevens Point

Midwest Cover Crops Conference
February 21
Springfield, IL

Midwest Organic Farming Conference
February 21-23

Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference
February 25-28
Chicago, IL

American Water Resources Association Conference
February 28-March 1

Watershed Conference
March 5-6 
Green Bay

Animal Watershed Conference
March 6-7
Green Bay

Dairy Forward-PDPW Business Conference
March 13-14

WI Land+Water Annual Conference
March 13-15
Lake Geneva

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WI Land+Water hosted Webinars

Groundwater Webinar Series

Keeping Forests Healthy in a Changing Climate

Land and Water Resource  Management (LWRM) Plans



DATCP Videos

DNR Videos

AgrAbility - Purdue University
Partner and Other Training Websites

Dept Natural Resource  (technology training)
National Conservation Planning Partnership "What Works in the Field"

Science & Technology Training  Library
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