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

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Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Workshops
February 4 - Green Bay (a.m.)
February 4 - New London (p.m.)
February 5 - Manitowoc (a.m.)
February 5 - Fond du Lac (p.m.)
February 7 - Jefferson 
February 8 - Dodgeville
February 12 - Marshfield
February 13 - Rice Lake

Attend for information on staying in compliance with your permit. These update meetings are specifically for WPDES permitted CAFO owners and managers, nutrient management plan writers, and engineers. Find out more at
It's All About Tributaries
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 5

Please join us as Nicole Van Helden, Director of Resilient Landscapes for The Nature Conservancy, shares examples of projects and tools used in the Green Bay Watershed and beyond to improve the waters and wildlife of our Great Lakes tributaries. Examples will include partnerships with counties to improve fish passage for migratory species like northern pike; wetland prioritization tools to identify protection and restoration sites that provide great habitat, water quality benefits, and/or reduce flooding risks; and UW-Green Bay research on the surprising importance of tributaries for unlikely fish. Nicole will share local examples and tools that can be applied to any Great Lakes location. Preregistration not necessary. Jo in from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
Soil Health and Farm Profitability with Ray Archuleta
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5

Ray will cover how soil health can impact a farm's bottom line, the process of building soil health, and how producers can get started. RSVP to ( 715) 261-6000.
Management of Urban Soils
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5

This webinar will cover some common challenges in urban soils leading to reductions in the functions and value of these soils. The webinar will present management options for addressing these difficult situations to maximize the ecosystem services of urban soils. Check out
Transforming Manure from "Waste"to "Worth"
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, February 6

This webinar will include a discussion of plant availability of N in organic sources (compost, manure, cover crops, and specialty products), how to estimate timing of N availability, and how to estimate N contribution and availability from mineralization. The presentation will also address the impacts of manure on soil quality and selecting fields for gaining the greatest value from manure. Go to
A Practical Guide To QuickBooks
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6

Managing financial records and bookkeeping is challenging. Accounting software like QuickBooks can make the process much easier. Learn how to set up and use QuickBooks to streamline bookkeeping for your farm. Advance registration is required at
PAH Educational Workshop
6:00-8:00 p.m.
February 6- Sheboygan
February 7-Manitowoc

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
Build Better Soil to Reduce Input Costs and Maximize Profits with Ray Archuleta
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7

Program will include:
  • Incorporating cover crops and no-till to reduce input costs, improve nutrient cycling, and reduce weed pressure
  • Building resilient soils that can withstand extreme weather events
Register with Justine at 
What Got You Here, Won't Get You There
9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday,  February 8

Discussion topics to be covered:
  • Fresh ideas and practical applications for effective cover cropping
  • How to make cover crops pay and maximize returns-where do we go from here?
  • Future-proofing your farm so it doesn't become obsolete
Register by February 4 by emailing Andy at 
Soil Conservation Seminar
11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday,  February 8

S eminar topics include:
  • Returns from grazing cover crops
  • Keeping science in soil conservation and soil health
  • Phosphorus standard in surface water and how it is established
Contact Carrie at for more information.
Rural Voices Training
9:00 a.m.-Noon, Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 9

Raising the concerns of local farmers in a strategic and focused way is critical to the success of our rural communities. We live in a time where the marketplace of ideas and information is crowded. This workshop will offer practical advice on crafting effective messaging, and placing those messages in places that will raise and amplify our voices. Find out more at
Snapshot Day Train the Trainer 
10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 13

The  webinar  is step one for anyone who would like to host a  Snapshot   Day  event this year. If you or anyone you know is interested, contact Natalie at  for more information.
Regenerative Agriculture
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, February 13

Regenerative agriculture does not mean organic or conventional-it is a pathway for all producers to improve soil health and become more profitable. This second part of a three-part webinar series on regenerative agriculture reframes production issues like weeds, nutrient deficiencies, and water ponding as signs of a poorly functioning farm ecosystem. Understanding the farm as an ecosystem unlocks new solutions to these problems, which are summarized in the principles of regenerative agriculture: 1) reduce disturbance, 2) keep the soil covered, 3) maximize diversity, 4) keep a living root in the ground year-round, and 5) integrate livestock. Understanding how and why these principles work can help farmers achieve higher functioning soils that ultimately lead to greater profitability. Register at
Communicating about Water
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13

As  professionals engaged in water-related extension, research and conservation, we all talk about water.  So - what works and why?  Tune in to hear from a range of speakers as they discuss their research on how we relate to water, how we value water, and how different agricultural audiences perceive water-related conservation activities and the implications these findings have for the way we communicate. Register at 
Tribal Food and Farming 101 Workshop
February 15-16

Workshop topics include:
  • Seed keeping
  • Equipment options
  • Business planning and funding
  • Creating value-added products
  • Cooperative strategies
  • Supporting elders
  • Youth education
  • Improving community health

Find out more and register at

Grade Stabilization Spreadsheets
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19

This training will go through the pond spreadsheet, rock chute spreadsheet, and the 3 plunge pool spreadsheets in addition to any others, as time allows, that the participants want to look at as well. Contact Beth at to register and for more information.
Early-season Weed Control for Improved Weed Resistance Management
Noon-1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20

Managing herbicide-resistant weeds in major row crops has become progressively more challenging as the spread of resistance continues and the presence of weeds with resistance to multiple herbicide mode of action groups expands. The majority of these resistance problems are related to the use of post-emergence herbicides that have proven ineffective for the control of weeds such as horseweed (i.e., marestail), waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, and giant ragweed. A major challenge in crop production systems is controlling weeds that have emerged during the growing season. Thus there is a need to establish weed control early in the season using burndown technology, especially in no-till crop production systems. If a burndown herbicide application fails due to herbicide resistance and those weeds continue to grow after crop emergence, there are limited options for regaining control of resistant weed species for the remainder of the growing season. The use of overlapping and effective herbicide modes of action in the burndown application can establish initial control so that soil residual herbicides can be utilized successfully for weed management thereafter. Register at
Using Streamgage Data
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20

Participants will learn how to determine the likelihood of flooding at any given site in a stream corridor, using two recently updated analysis tools: the USGS web-based tool StreamStats, and computer programs to compute streamflow frequency of gaged flows, updated for the new Bulletin 17C.  StreamStats is a statistical regression based method. The computer programs PeakFQ and HEC-DSS use annual peak flow data from stream gages to create streamflow frequency curves.  Go to
Federal Brownfields Program
11:00 a.m.-Noon
Thursday, February 21

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representatives will give an overview of the Brownfields Utilization, Investment and Local Development (BUILD) Act that was enacted in March 2018 and how it can be useful to local entities.  Check out
Climate Change and Human Health
1 :00 p.m.
Monday, February 25

Whether it is heat stress, air pollution, or the risk of vectorborne diseases, changes in climate and an increased frequency of extreme weather events impact public health. Tune in to hear about the connection between human health and climate change. Register at
Targeted Runoff Management Program Updates and Understanding the Application Process
1:00-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26
Various Sites

DNR and Extension staff will host regional meetings around the state covering TRM grant program updates and the application process. At each site, attendees will participate in the update webinar and then have the opportunity post-webinar to ask TRM grant and other non-point source questions of DNR staff and interact with other attendees. This in-person experience will add value to the annual TRM grant updates and allow for a richer conversation with your peers and DNR staff. Find out more at 
Farm Economic Trends and Their Effects on Farmers and Local Communities
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, February 28

Agriculture has long served as a major economic engine in Wisconsin, but today farmers are under increasing financial stress which has led to an uptick in farm bankruptcies across the state. In fact, Western Wisconsin led the nation in farm bankruptcies in 2017. As part of this session, the presenters will discuss economic trends affecting agriculture, the impacts on Wisconsin farmers, and implications for Wisconsin's communities. Register h ere
CADD Users Group
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 28
Green Lake

Attendees will work through issues with other CADD users as well as have presentations from other users on helpful hints and unique ways of doing CADD.  Attendees should be regular users of Civil 3D. Contact Erik at  to register and for more information.
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.
Upcoming trainings from prior e-newsletters: 

Dodge County  Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water Workshop-2/6-2/7 (Juneau and Randolph)

Wisconsin Grower Trainings (Various dates and  sites)

Farming Your Finances - Beef Edition-2/7 (Medford) (715) 748-3327 ext. 1

Wisconsin Annual Legislative Exchange-2/5-2/6 (Madison)

Lower Financial Risk by Increasing Soil Health-2/6 (Online 1:00-2:30)

Getting Started with Soil Physical Properties for Field and Hoophouse-2/6 (Online 6:00-7:00 p.m.)

PDPW Social Media Strategy Workshop-2/7 (Madison-9:00-5:00)

Farming with Beneficial Insects for Pest Control-2/8 (Edgerton  9:00-3:30)

Dairy Wellbeing Workshop-2/12-2/13 (Green Bay  8:30-3:30)

Money Matters on the Farm: Budgeting, Cost Sharing, and Managed Grazing (Various dates and sites  10:00-4:00)

Critical Methods in Wetland Delineation-2/19 (Madison 8 :00-4:30)

Integrating Crop Diversity into High Tunnel Production Systems-2/19 (Online  1:00-2:15)

Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil, and the Environment-2/20 (Online- 1:00-2:15)

Financial Literacy for Dairy-Various dates (Marshfield)

Farm and Rural Lobby Day- 2/27 (Madison 10:30 -4:15)

PDPW 2019 Weather Forecast
-2/27 (Online 12:00-1:00)
Designing Cover Crops to Work for Your Farm

Ag Day at the Capitol-3/20 (Madison)

Soil Health Conference
February 4-5
Ames, IA
Annual Driftless Area Symposium
February 5-6
La Crosse

Grower Education Conference & Industry Show
February 5-7
Stevens Point

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

Society for Range Management Conference
February 11-14
Minneapolis, MN

Grazing Conference
February 11

Organic Grain Conference & Trade Show
February 13-14
Champaign, IL
Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference
February 15-16
Eau Claire

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

WI Land Information Association  Conference
February 20-21

Midwest Cover Crops Conference
February 21
Springfield, IL

MOSES Organic Farming Conference
February 21-23
La Crosse

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

Midwest Manure Summit
February 27
Green Bay

American Water Resources Association Conference
February 28-March 1

Women Leaders Conference
March 1

Watershed Conference
March 5-6 
Green Bay

Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference
March 8-9
Eau Claire

Midwest Soil Health Summit
March 12
St. Peter, MN

Dairy Forward-PDPW Business Conference
March 13-14

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

Red Cedar Watershed Conference
March 14

Fox River Summit
March 22

Wisconsin Lakes Partnership Convention
April 10-12
Stevens Point

Keep updated and track your conservation training needs

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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