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Statewide Training

Technical Service Provider - Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition Training

Wednesday, January 23
Best Western Hotel
1017 E. McCoy Blvd.
Tomah, WI

Technical service providers (TSPs) can provide services to farmers transitioning to organic production on behalf of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  NRCS provides financial assistance to farmers in developing an organic transition plan.  The plan must be written by a technical service provider. This training will discuss the process in becoming a technical service provider and how to write a conservation plan supporting the organic transition, including the technical requirements, planning resources, and format.

Who should attend: Current TSPs, those interested in becoming a TSP, those interested in working with organic producers as a TSP

Registration:  Register by Wednesday, January 16, at https://conta.cc/2CUk2Xj


Enterprise Budgeting:  Selling Grazing Through the Numbers

Tuesday, January 29 (Snow date-Wednesday, January 30)
Portage County Annex Building
Conference Rooms 1 & 2
Stevens Point, WI

The environmental benefits of management intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) are well known.  Farms under MIRG management experience less soil erosion and nutrient loss than row crops or continuous grazing management.  However, there is a stigma that grazing is less economical than cropping.  In this workshop, we will show how you can demonstrate that grazing can pay by using enterprise budgets.  We will use excel spreadsheets to compare the economics of several grazing enterprises with raising row crops and conventional beef.  This training will focus heavily on grass fed beef production, as well as grazing dairy heifers.  We will also touch on how this enterprise budget approach can be used to sell other conservation management systems, particularly no-till.  Participants will be introduced to a variety of pre-made enterprise budgets that will be useful to farmer and conservationist alike.

An enterprise budget focuses on a particular enterprise on the farm (cow/calf, vegetables, finished steers, honey production, dairy, chickens, etc.).  It’s not a whole farm financial analysis which takes into account debt ratios, retirement, health insurance, sending children off to secondary education, taking care of aging parents, etc.  You may have one or ten different enterprise budgets on a farm that looks at the profitability of each enterprise but you would only have ONE whole farm financial analysis (budget). 

4.5 Professional Development Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be offered. Please bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel loaded to practice "running the numbers" and two real farm examples for practice purposes.  If you cannot bring your own laptop, please contact Penny Pohle.  Also, if possible please bring an extension cord and power strip to charge your laptop during the training.  Check out the agenda for more information.  Please register by Tuesday, January 22, at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=7pa8l6qab&oeidk=a07efvtjnh5e4e47010

It's All About Tributaries
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.

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. Bring your curiosity and questions.  No preregistration is necessary.

Please join from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/213746573 

You can also dial in using your phone:  (571) 317-3122 Access Code: 213-746-573 

Cover Crops Conference

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Holiday Inn-Stevens Point

The Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference is geared toward helping Wisconsin farmers more successfully use cover crops in their own conservation cropping systems. Topics will include dealing with manure, reducing tillage, termination of covers, and “doing it on the cheap.”  Many of the presenters will be Wisconsin grain and livestock farmers speaking from experience about what has worked and hasn’t worked in their Wisconsin conservation cropping systems.  Find out more and register at https://fyi.uwex.edu/covercrop/

Conservation Employee Training
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

More information can be found at https://wisconsinlandwater.org/training/conservation-employee-training



SITCOM  Training E-newsletter

Check these out for upcoming trainings in the SITCOM Training E-newsletter (January 2) and E-newsletter (January 14).  Sign up to receive SITCOM training e-newsletter by contacting Penny Pohle at penny@wisconsinlandwater.org

Partner Training Programs Catalogs, Publications, Websites

2018 Southeast Operational Training Catalog (Note:  Area staff and technicians have first priority for attendance.  Inquire with trainer/coordinator for registration availability)

2018 Southwest Operational Area Training Catalog (Note:  Area staff and technicians have first priority for attendance.  Inquire with trainer/coordinator for registration availability)

Phragmites australis: Keeping Momentum (Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department's publication)

Conservation Professional Training Program

SnapPlus Training Opportunities 

NRCS Training Catalog

EPA Webcast Archive


Dept Natural Resource

Lynda.com (technology training)

Conservation Professional Training Program

The Conservation Professional Training Program recently launched a new website to streamline course registration and provide valuable information and resources to conservation professionals in one simple interface.

Enhanced web features at conservation-training.uwex.edu include:

  • Online course catalog with integrated registration
  • Status of courses taken, courses registered for, and courses completed
  • Interactive communities of practice and discussion groups
  • Conservation blog
  • News aggregator
  • Courses and events from other partners/conservation agencies

If you've used CPTP's old registration site, you'll need to reset your password on the new one to remain active. Click here to visit the new Conservation Training website.