State Interagency Training Committee
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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

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Webinar Series for Counties

WI Land+Water and DATCP are pleased to announce a webinar series designed specifically for conservation departments and committees. These webinars can be watched any time as a refresher on a topic and can be incorporated into a committee meeting agenda. The webinars provide an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of conservation topics specific to local conservation programs in Wisconsin. The first two webinars are:
  • Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plans presented by Lisa Trumble, DATCP
  • Soil and Water Resource Management (SWRM) Grants presented by Susan Mockert, DATCP
The webinars are less than ten minutes in length and are posted at  or you can watch the webinars on YouTube at: SWRM grants or LWRM plans.We plan to develop more webinars on other relevant topics. Contact Penny at for more details.
The Farm Bill - What Now?
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 29

The five-year  farm bill shapes everything about our food system - what farmers grow and how they grow it, the price of food and who can afford it, and more - with huge implications for our health, our economy, and the environment. But the 2014  farm bill expired on September 30, and Congress failed to pass a new bill before the 2018 midterm elections. Join UCS Washington Representative Erik Kamrath, and other speakers, to hear about the potential paths forward for this critical legislation, and what you can do to ensure that Congress passes a strong, science-based  farm bill. Register at 
Tax and Accounting Workshops
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 3-Fond du Lac
Wednesday, December 5-Johnson Creek

Accurate  accounting is critical in making informed decisions for your  farm or agribusiness. Compeer Financial┬«  accounting specialists will review common accounting transactions often done in error , helping you to better understand how to correctly report income and expenses. You'll also get insights into preparation of financial statements, payroll processing, and QuickBooks.  Our tax consultants will review the tax reform bill and its impact on  agriculture. With changes to the tax treatment of businesses, lowered individual tax rates and more, we'll look at the potential implications for your farm or agribusiness' tax planning and tax management strategy.  Call (844) 426-6733 or register online:
20 Days of Free Webinars
Noon-1:00 p.m.
December 3-28

J oin us for free webinars on learning and development where w e'll be covering:
  • PowerPoint skills for trainers
  • Training design trends
  • The neuroscience trainers need to know
  • And more!
Sign up for any or all of the webinars online at
Industrial Hemp 2018:  Lessons Learned
9:00 a.m.-Noon
Tuesday, December 4
East Troy

Join the conversation on:

- Purchasing seed/clones - Grain hemp or high CBD oil hemp
- Planting and growing - Lessons learned
- Harvesting & storage - Lessons learned
- Panel of local growers & DATCP
- 2019 hemp production - Working together

Investing in Solutions to Stop Ocean Plastic
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4

Plastic waste in the ocean represents one of the most urgent and fast-growing ecological challenges of our time.  This interactive webcast will provide insights about the complexity of the ocean plastic waste problem and why investment in waste management and collection is essential for businesses to address this global crisis.  Find out more and how to register at  
Food & Agriculture Competition Roundtable
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 7

The roundtable will take up major competition policy issues involving concentrated food and agriculture markets, their interconnections to the broader national and global supply chains, and strategies for improving competition. The roundtable will begin with a briefing on the state of competition in food and agriculture, with a focus on gaps in the law or legal doctrine that makes developing competition policy particularly difficult. The day will feature three panels on topics that have important implications for competition enforcement and policy. Experts in antitrust and regulation from government, industry, advocacy, and academia will frame major competitive issues through the lens of different stakeholder and enforcement perspectives. Check out
SnapPlus Trainings
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 - Fennimore
Friday, December 7 - Eau Claire
Tuesday, December 11 - Jefferson
Thursday, December 13 - Wausau
Friday, December 14 - Mauston
Monday, December 17 - Luxemburg
Thursday, December 20 - Madison

SnapPlus & SnapMaps have come a long way in the last year, and it's time for some training so you can learn all the functions that exist and see if there are any new or improved tools that could help you do things better or faster or maybe even both! It is also time to become comfortable with the new 590 standard as well as the new checklist that everyone should be using by now.  18.0 is out , so if you haven't updated from 16.3 yet, now is the time to get all the new tools and bug fixes!  Register by emailing Stephanie at
Food Safety Trainings for Produce Growers
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 7 - Thorp
Thursday, January 10 - Stevens Point
Friday, January 18 - Waukesha
Wednesday, January 23 - Shawano
Thursday, February 7 - Baldwin
Friday, February 15 - Madison
Thursday, February 28 - Green Bay
Friday, March 15 - Portage

Instructors from DATCP, UW-Madison, UWEX, industry, and farmer organizations will cover the following on-farm food safety practices: using quality standards for agricultural water; managing risks associated with manure applications; avoiding contaminants from animals; training workers on health and hygiene practices; evaluating cleanliness of equipment, tools, and buildings; and developing food safety plans.  To register, visit  
Mapping the Earth from Imagery Using Raster Analytics and AI
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11

At this webinar we will introduce you to the latest concepts in using Artifical Intelligence (AI) for the creation of geospatial information from imagery. Esri Integrates all leading AI frameworks into GIS. Create labeled training datasets from existing data. Integrating frameworks like CNTK and Tensor Flow for deep learning. Learn best practices for applying AI tools to common government missions:
  • Dynamic land cover
  • Transfer learning for object detection
  • Automated feature extraction
Cattlemen vs. Grassmen: The Ins and Outs of Cell Grazing
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12
Staples, MN

- See why the most profitable cattlemen are grassmen first. 
- Find out if your ranch is structured to work with, or to fight, nature. 
- Learn the five essential principles of cell grazing. 
- Discover how you can increase productivity, reduce your workload, and increase profit.

Why are Food Companies Investing in Regenerative Agriculture?
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, December 13

Food companies are pumping millions of dollars every year into research and outreach on regenerative agriculture. Why is this happening? What is regenerative agriculture? How is it different from organic or conventional agriculture? What's in it for food companies? During this webinar, staff from General Mills will discuss the consumer attitude changes, stakeholder concerns, and farmer and environmental benefits that are underpinning a shift in the food industry toward regenerative agriculture. Presenters will discuss General Mills' focus on the "three prongs" of regenerative agriculture - soil health, biodiversity, and profitability  -and detail how they think agronomists can capitalize on the regenerative agriculture trend. By the end of the webinar, attendees will better understand the forces to which food companies respond and how agronomists can better position their businesses and those of their clients to seize the opportunities presented by a shifting food landscape. Register online at
Ranching for Profit
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 14
Floodwood, MN

Attend the workshop to:

- See if your ranch is really a business or just a low-paying, physically demanding job. 
- Learn the difference between economics and finance and why economics always comes first. 
- Discover three things any business can do to increase profit. 
- Use RFP benchmarks to find out which apply to your business.

313 et. al. Waste Management Standards 
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 18
Conference Call/Webinar

To make the tr aining meet your needs, provide questions or areas of concern to Scott at The webinar and/or conference call is intended to be interactive after its first year of implementation.  More information will be provided in the next SITCOM Training  E-newsletter or from Scott.
Highlights from the Fourth National Climate Assessment
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18

The presenter Martha was one of the Contributing Authors on the Northern Great Plains Chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which was recently released. Martha serves as the State Climatologist for Nebraska and is an Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. The Nebraska State Climate Office operates the Nebraska Mesonet - a state weather monitoring program with 69 stations across the state. Martha's work is in the areas of applied climatology, weather and climate monitoring, impact assessment and stakeholder engagement. Register at
Multi-use Naked Barley for Organic Systems
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18

Barley is a versatile crop with three principal end-uses: feed, food, and malt. Organic barley is produced for all three uses and fetches a significant premium over conventional barley. Most of the barley grown in the United States has an adhering hull, but a small percentage of the barley grown is hull-less, or 'naked'. Naked barley shows potential as a crop that can be used for food, feed, and malt. The project that this webinar focuses on is directed at discovering paths to create accepted multi-uses for organically-grown barley varieties. The goal will be most readily accomplished by plant breeders developing and releasing naked multi-use varieties with modest ╬▓-glucan levels suitable for organic production. This webinar will cover research on naked barley applications for multiple end-uses and the breeding work being done to develop multi-use naked barley for organic systems. Go to
Strengthen Your Wellbeing 
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Starts Wednesday, January 9
Online Course

This course is a learning opportunity to strengthen your resilience and wellbeing. It's just the pick-me-up you need to get through the cold January weather. Discover ways to cultivate positive emotions, increase your engagement at work and in your community, and foster healthy relationships as you deliberately integrate tools that will help you bring your best you to your life. Find out more details 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. 
Farm and Rural Lobby Day 
10:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27

Join fellow farmers and rural residents in Madison to talk with your state legislators about issues impacting your farm and community! The event is free and lunch will be provided.  After you register, we will schedule appointments for you to meet with your state senator and representative. If you need to cancel your registration, please do so as soon as possible but no later than February 20th to avoid last-minute meeting cancellations. Find out more at

Growing for the Future
December 3-6

County Conservationist Meeting
December 6-7
Wisconsin Rapids

Perennial Farm Gathering
December 7-8
Resilient Farms Conference
December 11
Wisconsin Dells

One Water Action Forum
December 11-13
Indianapolis, IN

UW Discovery Farms Conference
December 12
Wisconsin Dells

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 Agribusiness Classic
January 15-17

Powering Local Leadership Summit
January 24-25

OGRAIN Winter Conference
January 24-26

Emerging Farmers Conference
January 25-26
St. Paul, MN

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

WI Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Conference
January 24-29
Wisconsin Dells

Esri Federal GIS Conference
January 29-30
Washington, D.C.
GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 31-February 2
Wisconsin Dells

Soil Health Conference
February 4-5
Ames, Iowa
NASECA-WI Annual Conference & Trade Show
February 6-7
Wisconsin Dells

Wetland Science Conference
February 19-21

Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference
February 20
Stevens Point

Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference
February 25-28

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