Not all training takes place in a classroom. We’ve put together a searchable library of recorded modules, webinars, videos and other resources to help our staff and partners find professional development information on a variety of topics.

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Title Subject Skill Format Description Source
Soil Health Practices and Water Behavior and Efforts to Quantify Soil Function Soil Health and Management Webinar

Soil health is defined in terms of soil function, and some of the most important functions are related to water-holding and water infiltration.…

Soil Health Nexus/UMN MOSH

Climate Adaptation for Forest-Dependent Wildlife Webinar Series Wildlife Habitat Assessment & Management Webinar

This 12-part monthly webinar series will explore forest ecosystems and their composition and structure under a changing climate, and the influence…

USFWS

Ash Management Overview Forest Ecology and Management Online Course

An overview of the MNDNR's efforts regarding the management of ash dominated stands on state lands in Minnesota in response to Emerald Ash Borer.…

MLEP, MNDNR

How do crop advisors do conservation?  Soil Health and Management Webinar

Ever wondered how to engage the private ag consulting world on soil conservation practices? Tune in to a webinar from the Minnesota Office for…

UMN Minnesota Office for Soil Health

Windbreak Short Course: Day 2 Practice Specific Webinar

A recording of a virtual windbreak short course for Nebraska:

  • Part 1: Ritch Nelson: Using the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide for…

USDA National Agroforestry Center

Windbreak Short Course: Day 1 Practice Specific Webinar

A recording of a virtual windbreak short course for Nebraska:

  • Part 1: Bruce Wight: Wind Protection Needs Past and Present

USDA National Agroforestry Center

Adaptive Silvicultural Experiments in Midwestern Hardwood Forests: Examples from Floodplains and Oak-dominated Uplands Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Webinar

Join Drs. Miranda Curzon and Marcella Windmuller-Campione as they discuss their work on two Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC)…

SFEC, UMN

Forest Pests and Diseases Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Reference Material

This University of Minnesota website has links to forest pests and disease descriptions, identification and management options.

UMN

Minnesota Forest Health Highlights from 2021 Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Video

Each year, the Minnesota DNR Forest Health team conducts both aerial assessments and on-the-ground monitoring to assess the health of the state’s…

SFEC, MN DNR

What’s at risk? Implications of climate change on forests and options for adaptation Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Video

Climate change is altering forest ecosystems, with many changes expected by the end of the 21st century. Forests vary widely, and not all forests…

US Forest Service

Tech Talk: Prairie Strips Part 2: Addressing Pesticide Risks to Pollinators Pollinators Practice Specific Webinar

Emily May and Karin Jokela from the Xerces Society present on pesticide risks to pollinators in habitat near cropland, including field research on…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Prairie Strips Part 1: A New Option for Water Quality, Pollinators, and Wildlife Practice Specific Webinar

Jim Fritz (SE ARC, MN NRCS), James Fett (Watershed Technician, Mower SWCD), and Andrea Eger (Regenerative Ag Project Manager, TNC) discuss the…

TTCP

Soil Chemistry, Nutrient Cycling & Soil Biology (Soil Regen Summit 2021) Soil Health and Management Video

This video will outline and explain the aspects of soil chemistry which sustains agricultural nutrient cycling. Soil biology is the key player in…

Soil Food Web School

Pathogenic Fungi & Plant Pathogens (Soil Regen Summit 2021) Soil Health and Management Video

Dr. Mary Cole joins the Soil Food Web School Team to talk about Pathogenic Fungi & Plant Pathogens, problems of our making, not theirs! Fungi…

Soil Food Web School

Biomimicry: Emulating Nature & Improving Soil Function (Soil Regen Summit 2021) Soil Health and Management Video

During Soil Regen Summit 2021: Hope for the Future, Ray Archuleta explained that regenerative cropping and grazing systems that emulate nature’s…

Soil Food Web School

What is the Soil Food Web? (Soil Regen Summit 2021) Soil Health and Management Video

Dr. Elaine Ingham and her colleagues discovered the Soil Food Web nearly 4 decades ago. She has been pioneering research on soil health ever since…

Soil Food Web School

Basic Soils Training Module 4: Soils in Conservation Planning Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soils and Soil Survey Basics Video

This module provides examples of how to use soils data in the conservation planning process. The presentation starts with Josh Odekirk, SE Area…

NRCS

Basic Soils Training Module 3: Web Soil Survey and other Resources for Accessing Soils Data Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soils and Soil Survey Basics Video

This module provides a demonstration of the capabilities of Web Soil Survey and other tools for accessing soil survey data. Andrew Paolucci, NRCS…

NRCS

Basic Soils Training Module 2: Soil Survey Map Unit Design Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soils and Soil Survey Basics Video

This module provides an overview of soil survey map units. Jeremy Ziegler, SE Wisconsin NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist, provides an…

NRCS

Basic Soils Training Module 1: Soil Properties and Interpretations Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soils and Soil Survey Basics Video

This module provides an introduction to soil properties and interpretations. Jennifer Smith, WI NRCS State Soil Scientist, starts the presentation…

NRCS

Prairie Strips Winter Webinar Series #3 Practice Specific Video

Prairie Strips: A New Conservation Practice for Farmers and Crop Consultants. Session 3 will cover prairie strips as habitat for beneficial…

Sand County Foundation

Prairie Strips Winter Webinar Series #2 Practice Specific Video

Prairie Strips: A New Conservation Practice for Farmers and Crop Consultants. Session 2 will cover establishing and managing prairie strips.

Sand County Foundation

Prairie Strips Winter Webinar Series #1 Practice Specific Video

Prairie Strips: A New Conservation Practice for Farmers and Crop Consultants. Session 1 will cover siting prairie strips for water quality and…

Sand County Foundation

Soil Erosion: WEPS Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Online Course

This course provides and overview of the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS), and instructions on how to use the WEPS model to estimate wind…

TTCP

Soil Erosion: RUSLE2 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Online Course

This course provides an overview of the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), and instructions on how to use the RUSLE2 model to estimate…

TTCP

Forest Management Guidelines Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Forestry Basics and Practices Online Course

This is an updated version of the training that utilizes YouTube videos and a quiz based format. You will need a copy of the Minnesota’s Forest…

Minnesota Logger Education Program, DNR

The Forest for the Bees Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wildlife Habitat Assessment & Management Webinar

Bees are incredibly diverse and provide important ecological services such as pollination. However, baseline information such as faunistic surveys…

Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative

Adaptive Silvicultural Experiments in Midwestern Hardwood Forests: Examples from Floodplains and Oak-dominated Uplands Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Webinar

Join Drs. Miranda Curzon and Marcella Windmuller-Campione as they discuss their work on two Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change (ASCC)…

Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative

A Forest Optimization Tool for Modeling, Mapping, and Managing in Minnesota Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Forest Ecology and Management Webinar

A changing climate, changes in Minnesota’s forest products industry and increasing pressure for ecosystem service have and will continue to create…

Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative

Work on Golden-Winged Warblers and Other Early Successional Birds Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wildlife Habitat Assessment & Management Webinar

Minnesota’s forests provide critical breeding habitat for hundreds of resident and migrating bird species. Forest management provides an important…

Sustainable Forest Education Cooperative

Top 3 Tips for Cover Crop Termination Practice Specific Webinar

Meaghan Anderson, Field Agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, shares the top 3 considerations for terminating cover crops…

UME

Creating and Maintaining Biodiversity in Organic Perennial Systems Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Webinar

Organic producers of perennial crops are required to introduce biodiversity in lieu of a crop rotation. This webinar will cover examples of…

NRCS

Tech Talk: Well Decommissioning Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

In this session Patrick Schultz, TTCP Engineer, provides an overview of topics related to the CPS 351 Well Decommissioning. There is also a…

TTCP

Winter Manure Application and Water Quality Nutrient Management Practice Specific Webinar

While winter manure application can be beneficial for producers from a logistical, financial, and soil compaction standpoint, it has traditionally…

North Central Region Water Network

Communicating Conservation to Landowners Core Competency (Matrix) Conservation Planning Webinar

What makes a natural resource and water professional a great communicator? What can we learn from researchers and fellow practitioners to enhance…

North Central Region Water Network

Source Water Protection Water Quality Webinar

We all deserve to have safe clean drinking water that we can trust. In order to do that, we need to ensure we are protecting water at the source…

North Central Region Water Network

Soil Health's Link to Water Quality Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

The agronomic benefits of improving soil health are well known, but when it comes to the specific impacts on water quality off field, many…

North Central Region Water Network

Water Management During Drought Practice Specific Webinar

Drought is continuing to intensify across portions of the Midwest this year, and over the past several years severe drought has plagued much of…

North Central Region Water Network

Soil Health Dos and Don'ts Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

Join us for this webinar during which soil health techniques such as cover crops, crop rotations, pest management, nutrient management, cash crop…

USDA/NRCS

NRCS and Streambank Soil Bio-engineering Practice Specific Webinar

The subject presentation will provide an overview of the use of stream bank soil bio-engineering practice used as part of NRCS conservation work.…

USDA/NRCS

Best Management Practices for Drill- Interseeding Cover Crops into Corn Practice Specific Webinar

Participants will learn how management practices and environmental conditions impact the performance of cover crops that are drill-interseeded…

USDA/NRCS

Compliance Matters: NEPA and "Environmental Evaluation" at NRCS Core Competency (Matrix) Conservation Planning Webinar

Join us as we discuss why environmental compliance matters and learn how it works at NRCS including introduction to laws and legal basics,…

USDA/NRCS

Evaluating Air Quality Resource Concerns Core Competency (Matrix) Conservation Planning Webinar

During this webinar, air quality resource concerns and resource concern components will be highlighted. The NRCS air quality resource concerns can…

NRCS

How to Interrogate the Soil Soil Soils and Soil Survey Basics Video

Join us to hear Tony Hartshorn, Associate Professor at Montana State University. Dr. Hartshorn will discuss his work in the Soil Interrogation Lab…

Soil Health Nexus

WASCOB Field Training Webinar Practice Layout Practice Specific Webinar

This session covers how to prepare for and complete the I&E step, and some basics of construction inspection. There's also a quick…

TTCP

RIM Easement Application Training Easements Funding Request/Applications Webinar

BWSR

Tech Talk: Introduction to Managed Grazing Systems Livestock Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

During this session Dean Thomas, Fillmore SWCD, discusses the basic grazing management principles, benefits of prescribed grazing, and…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Livestock Pipeline Design Livestock Practice Specific Webinar

Join Amanda Deans, TTCP Engineer, as she runs through a real life pipeline design using the MN NRCS Livestock Pipeline spreadsheet.

TTCP

Tech Talk: Groundwater Resource Concerns Water Quality Conservation Planning Webinar

Tim Weisbrod, NRCS Geologist for MN and WI, discusses why the four Nutrient Management (590) Groundwater Resource Concerns need to be inventoried…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Tile Flow Design Using CPS 606/620 Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

These supporting practices are only a small part of the designs for waterways, WASCOBs, and other main practices. Fundamentals for following…

TTCP