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7 Steps for Getting Started in Major Gifts
2:00-2:45 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13

If you wish you could be raising big gifts but you don't know where to start, then this webinar is for you!  In this webinar, you will learn:
  1. How to define a major gift for your organization
  2. What 5 elements to have in place before starting a major gifts program
  3. What your fundraising goal tells you about prospects
  4. How to find major gift prospects to support your mission
  5. How to build donor relationships that lead to big gifts
  6. What you must do when planning a successful Ask visit
  7. The best ways to thank your donors so they keep on giving
2018 Farm Bill Listening Session
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 14

USDA  Rural  Development will conduct a listening session webinar to listen to questions and comments from the partners, stakeholders, and customers who will be affected by the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. T opics will include new tools in the 2018 Farm Bill to increase access to rural broadband e-Connectivity, expanding credit to rural communities, and other key provisions relating to USDA Rural Development programs.  Registration is required to participate. A registration link can be found at . The deadline for registration is 3 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 13.  Interested parties unable to participate in the listening session may submit comments on the 2018 Farm Bill to USDA Rural   Development  through March 30, 2019, via email to
Managing Through the Organic Transition in Grain Crop Production
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 
Tuesday, April 2

Interest in organic grain crop production practices continues to increase due to depressed commodity prices for conventional grains, burgeoning public demand for organic products, and grower and consumer interest in sustainable crop production. Thus a growing number of grain producers are likely going to be navigating the transition between conventional and organic farming. During this transition period, growers often experience reduced grain yields followed by a return to yields near or equal to conventional practices. They also experience the difficulties of using a certain set of management practices permitted for organic grain crop production. On-farm advisers have a clear opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to guide their clients through the organic transition period. However, advisers need to be well-informed on the business and agronomic aspects of the organic transition period and certified organic grain crop production.  More information can be found at 
Grazing as a Sustainable Farming Practice
Wednesday, March 20 - Juneau
Thursday, March 21 - Whitewater
Wednesday, April 10 - Chilton

GracierLand RC&D is teaming up with Grassworks to enhance staff knowledge on effective ways to promote grazing to farmers and to develop county grazing programs. They have assembled a statewide project education team including RC&D grazing coordinators, private industry financial analysists, and representatives from NRCS, UW Extension, and county land conservation departments and will be hosting workshops in eastern Wisconsin. To register, c ontact Kirsten at
Transform Raw Imagery into Actionable Insights for GIS
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21

In this webinar we will walk you through the best techniques to leverage high-frequency satellite data from Planet inside the ArcGIS ecosystem. You will learn how to:
  • Use imagery to answer complex questions.
  • Manage large volumes of data.
  • Utilize machine learning for imagery analysis.
Healthy Watersheds-Coastal Wetlands
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 23

Coastal wetlands are like the rainforests of the Great Lakes. Join this free workshop, hosted by the Friends of the Manitowoc River Watershed, and learn more about the importance of healthy watersheds.  Contact to learn more.
Water Quality Portal and EPA Water Quality eXchange Training
2:30-6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 25

Participants will learn how to use all search features in the Water Quality Portal (WQP) to access water quality monitoring datasets of interest from USGS, EPA, and USDA. The search capabilities will include the user interface, EPA's Data Discovery Tool, and WQP web services.  Participants will learn how to publish their data to the WQP by utilizing the EPA's Water Quality eXchange (WQX) web interface.   Participants will learn how WQX and WQP interact to publish data, how to set up an account with WQX, how to format their data for data upload, how to create import configurations in WQXweb, and common WQX requirements and errors.  To find out more about this webinar, go to
How to Create More Personalized Email Messages for Better Results
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 27

Personalization goes beyond just adding names to your emails.  In this webinar, we'll show you:
  • What it means to personalize your email campaigns
  • How to add simple personalization in your emails
  • How to personalize based on what you know about your subscribers
Soils and Salts
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, March 27

Salts are a natural component of soils. In fact most nutrients and fertilizers exist in salt forms such as potassium chloride (KCl). Salts can have a negative effect on plant growth, reducing their ability to pull water from the soil. We will discuss how to read salt sources, understand fertilizer placement, and implement remediation for gardens and row crops.  Register at
Study Design: Developing a Monitoring Program that Delivers Results
9:30-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, March 28

Developing a water quality monitoring program is an effective means of reaching diverse audiences, providing education, and raising awareness of local water resource issues that can lead to results - in understanding, protecting, and restoring local waters. Prior to developing a monitoring program, it is essential to think through the scientific process, where and how decisions are made, and where you have the greatest impact. Independent of program age, objectives, rigor or organization type, the study design process facilitates making essential decisions to create measurable results, impacts, and outcomes. This interactive session will explore how to create an information rich monitoring program and now to track and communicate results.  Go to
Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE)Workshops
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 28 - Stevens Point
Wednesday, April 3 - Green Bay
Thursday, April 4 - Madison
Friday, April 5 - Dodge County
Wednesday, April 10 - Eau Claire

UW Discovery Farms is hosting a workshop series  that will guide farmers through the process of implementing an NUE study on their fields, analyzing individual NUE values compared to WI-specific benchmarks and determining future steps to improve efficiency. The workshop series is free  and will include two in-person meetings. Find out more at
Three Options for Cleaning Barn Exhaust Air
1:30-2:40 p.m.
Friday, March 29

Reducing aerial emissions and improving air quality is a common goal in the livestock and poultry industries. This webinar will present three approaches to reducing aerial emissions from barn exhaust air, using combinations of wet scrubbing, electrostatic precipitation, filtration, and enhanced dispersion. The efficacy of an odor removal system using electrostatic particle ionization and a geotextile fence was evaluated at a commercial swine production building in Iowa with the system showing removal of both odor and particulate. While wet-scrubbers have been used for years for emission control, these systems are typically expensive. A low-cost version, using a trickling water curtain as the wet scrubber was developed to provide a lower cost option. The webinar will describe the approaches and highlight research conducted at production-scale barns. Learn more at
UW Discovery Farms Northeast Wisconsin Regional Meeting
Noon-2:40 p.m.
Tuesday,  April 2

This educational meeting that will share results from multiple years of research in Wisconsin. Topics will include: 
  • Tile Drainage Monitoring- Aaron Pape, UW Discovery Farms Tile Drainage Education Coordinator
  • Nitrogen Use Efficiency- Abby Augarten, UW Discovery Farms Nitrogen Use Efficiency Coordinator
  • Soil Health- Dr. Matt Ruark, Dr. Francisco Arriaga and Laura Adams, UW-Madison Department of Soil Science
Contact Erica by March 28 at to register and for more details.
Benefits of Intercropping in Organic Systems
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday,  April 2

Intercropping, growing one crop close to or between other crops, is a production tool that can provide multiple benefits to producers. Intercropping can reduce tillage, increase opportunities to include cover crops in a rotation, and can help with pest management. This webinar will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with intercropping in organic production. The two presenters will discuss their research findings and experiences from work in the eastern and western U.S.  Go to  to find out more.
Conservation Employee Training
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3

This  training  is for new staff and is also a great refresher for seasoned staff. State and federal partner agencies will provide information about programs and topics integral to successful  conservation  programs. 6 Professional Development CEUs will be offered. Information is available at  Contact Penny at  with any questions.
Getting Started with Cover Crop Types and Uses on Your Farm
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday,  April 3

What are cover crops and why use them?  Vicki Morrone, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems organic farming specialist, will address cover crop selection, planting times and rates, and potential benefits. Check out
Reaching, Teaching, & Searching: Science in Higher Ed
8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Friday,  April 5

Join the Wisconsin Academy for a day-long exploration of the role of higher education in advancing science. We'll look at challenges and opportunities for researchers in today's world, strategies that educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, and practical expressions of the Wisconsin Idea that connect science to Wisconsin lives outside of academia. More information can be found at
Landowner Workshop-Invasive Plant Management
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Saturday,  April 6
La Farge

Learn how to identify and manage invasive plants.  The workshop includes field demos of management tools and techniques, the chance to ask your questions to invasive plant experts, lunch, and invasive plant resources. Contact Anne by March 29 to register at
Healthy Watersheds-Coastal Forest Lands
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Saturday,  April 6

Olivia Witthun, Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will speak about the role of urban forests in healthy watersheds. She will review small and large scale ways to manage stormwater and protect water quality by protecting and planting trees. Kendra Kelling, Director of Projects and Programming, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership, will share news of the campaign ROOTS (Restoration of our Trees Sheboygan).  Contact to find out more.
Soil Health & Cover Crop Forum
9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday,  April 9

Discussion topics to be covered include:
  • How to get a quicker return on investment and avoid mistakes others have already made.
  • Adaptive nutrient strategies, termination timing, weed and pest management.
  • Understanding carbon/nitrogen cycles, pest/predator relationships, and season management.
  • Capturing Fall Growing Degree Days & nutrients with early planted cover crops
Aligning Soil and Human Health
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday,  April 9

Soil management practices can positively or negatively impact human health. In this webinar, we will discuss the four interconnected pathways that link practices in the field to our own health and explore the existing evidence and information gaps. We will review soil management practices that can significantly protect or improve human health and address obstacles and opportunities for implementing these changes. Resources to learn more about "health-centered" agriculture will also be offered. Find out more at
Soil Health Academy on Nutrient Management  
April 9-11

This Soil Health Academy school will teach you to:
  • Save money on nutrient application
  • Interpret the Haney soil test, PLFA test & tissue testing
  • Mimic nature to increase nutrient & water cycling
  • Build plan, animal, and beneficial insect diversity
  • Enhance grazing productivity, efficiency, & profitability
  • Be profitable in today's economic environment
  • Add diversity and income stream to your operation
Find out more at
Ecosystem Services in Stormwater Best Management Practices
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
April 11-12

You will be introduced to the value of healthy functioning natural ecosystems for urban and suburban areas through the benefits and services they provide to humans (ecosystem services). Common examples of these services include air purification, carbon storage, reducing heat island effect, pollutant removal, recreation and education, community pride and property values. Learn to identify potential urban spaces that could host natural ecosystems. We will also explore how well-engineered ecosystems, such as vegetated stormwater best management practices (BMPs), are able to supplement natural ecosystems. Examine the potential for conventional BMPs (i.e., constructed stormwater wetlands, wetponds, vegetated filter strips, swales), as well as several green infrastructure strategies (i.e., porous pavement, rain garden, regenerative stormwater conveyance). Finally explore how designing to optimize ecosystem services may help achieve regional total maximum daily load (TMDL) goals.  Go to  for more details.
Talking Climate Change
9:00 a.m.-Noon
Saturday,  April 13

H ow do we effectively communicate with others on climate change in the face of skepticism? Despite resistance, we as individuals have the authority to communicate with our peers and act in concert with one another to make change. In this workshop, you will learn ways to communicate about climate change in a positive, assertive, and effective manner. You will also walk away with tools needed to make a difference in your community. Email to find out more.
Nonprofit Marketing and Communications Strategies
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday,  April 17

Marketing is a comprehensive approach to providing services to clients including product, pricing, placement (i.e., location) and promotion. Explore a systematic framework for preparing a thorough marketing and communications plan including media, and citizen and community relations. Find out more at
Advanced Conservation Planning
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m
Thursday,  April 25
Columbia County

Review complex sites from agronomic/engineering perspectives. This is a field training. Contact Tyler at, Ryan at, or Josh at  to find out more details.
Erosion Control Compliance Training
8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
April 25-26
Eau Claire

The two-day course is designed for those who perform site management duties, supervise or direct construction activities, install best management practices, and/or inspect sites for compliance relating to erosion/sediment control and storm water management. This course will cover:
  • Permit requirements
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Construction site erosion control plans
  • Best management practices to reduce or control erosion and offsite sedimentation
  • Proper installation of devices
  • Establishing protective vegetation
  • Grading practices to reduce erosion
  • Timing of installations
  • Completing WPDES site inspections
  • Completing required documentation
Upcoming trainings from prior e-newsletters:

Becoming an Effective Public Speaker -3/13 (Online 1:00-2:00)

Soil Health and Water Quality - 3/13 (Online 2:00-3:00)

The Pillars of Great Pollinator Habitat Design and Management - 3/14 (Online 10:00-11:15)

Getting Started with ArcGIS Notebooks -3/14 (Online 1:00 , 1:00, 5:00)

CAD Training Session 2-3/19 (Altoona)  Contact Steph at  or Laura at  

Conservation Partner Meetings- 3/19, 3/28, 4/1, 4/4, 4/9 (Jefferson,  Oshkosh, D odgeville,  Eau Claire, M errill)

Organic Practices for Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Carbon Sequestration-3/20 (Online 1 :00-2:00 p.m.)

National Cover Crop Summit-3/20-3/21 ( Online)

Direct and Wholesale Marketing Success: Techniques for Increasing your Farm Income-3/21 (Amery  8:30 -4:30)

Lawn of the Future-3/21 (Online  11:00-Noon)  Debra at  WITH your name, title, district or business name, state and email address. 

Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition (CAP138)-Technical Service Provider Training-3/26 (Tomah  10:00.-3:00) 

Grazing Lands: Workshop for Agency Staff and Interested Graziers-3/26, 4/23 (M enomonie,  Jefferson) Email  

LiDAR/Technology-3/27 ( 9:00-2:30) Email
Conservation Lobby Day-3/27 (1 0:00-5:00  Madison)

Off-site Resource Assessment-3/27 ( Altoona) Email

UW-River Falls Field Scout Training Class-3/27-3/28 (R iver Falls) 

Dairy Together Roadshow-3/27, 4/2, 4/4 ( Oshkosh,  Eau Claire,  Platteville)

Streambank Protection-3/27 (Ju neau) Email  or  

EmpowerU! Advocating for Invasive Species Management-3/30, 4/2 ( Madison,  Oshkosh)

Fox River Summit
March 22

St. Croix Forestry Conference
March 28-29

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention
April 10-12
Stevens Point

Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
April 23

Rural Summit
April 24-25
Rice Lake

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Highlights from CPTP include:

Can't make the training?
Check out these training videos:

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
Living Soil Documentary  (technology training)
National Conservation Planning Partnership "What Works in the Field"

Science & Technology Training  Library

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