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
Seedbed Preparation – USDANRCS Texas Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Video

(Time: 6:17) This video depicts the importance of proper seedbed preparation and describes steps in preparing a proper seedbed.…

NRCS

Herbaceous Vegetation Practices Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Online Course

(Time: 32:00) This training is an introduction to NRCS practice standards that establish herbaceous vegetation to treat resource concerns.  It…

BWSR

MN NRCS Soil Health Training Resources Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Reference Material

(Time will vary) This is a set of 30+ soil health related training resources that is maintained by MN NRCS.

NRCS

Keep Cattle in Minnesota Project Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Video

(Time: 1:27:49)  This video is produced by the Sustainable Farming Association and the Keep Cattle in Minnesota Program. The mission of this…

NRCS and The Pasture Project

Disturbance, Grazing and Economics Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:48) Disturbance, Grazing and Economics (3/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health…

NRCS

Nutrients, Soil Biology and Diversity in Agroecosystems Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:55) Nutrients, Soil Biology and Diversity in Agroecosystems (2/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and…

NRCS

Introduction to Soil Health Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:50)  Introduction to soil health (1/3) webinars are prerequisites for the Minnesota Soil Health Field Day and Minnesota Soil Health…

NRCS

Understanding Soil Quality Impacts on Soil Functions and Other Resource Concerns Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:18) Participants learn about nutrient management and healthy soils, and the resulting effects on water quality through a study of…

Ohio State University Extension

Unlock the Secrets in the Soil Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Video

A series of 41 videos, mostly under five minutes each that discuss various soil health topics and applications of soil health principles. 

NRCS

Core NRCS Conservation Practices for Enhancing Soil Health Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:10) This webinar focuses on how several core NRCS conservation practices can be used by farmers to improve soil health, linking them to…

NRCS

Soil Quality - the Foundation for Resource Management Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:55)  Participants in the webinar learn about Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation planning principles to improve soil…

NRCS

Soil Health Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Video

(Time: 57:21)  In this session, Dr. Jessica Gutknecht discusses soil health. When you think about the soil beneath your feet, or beneath your…

University of Minnesota

The Relevance of Soil Biology in Assessing Fertility and Soil Health Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time:1:22:00) Participants will learn how soil biology directly and indirectly influence crop growth and nutrient cycling, along with methods for…

NRCS

Soil Health and New Soil Testing Methods Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Webinar

(Time: 1:47:00)  This webinar will give participants an overview of soil health and new soil testing tools for N-P-K that take into account the…

NRCS

Building your Soil Structure Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Health and Management Video

(Time: 19:45)  Hal Weiser, USDA, discusses how to improve soil structure and soil biology to maximize crop production.

University of Minnesota, Extension

WEPS WebStart Demonstration Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time: 36:04) This video also includes an overview of planned timeline and implementation of WEPP.

NRCS

Demonstration of WEPP in more detail Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time: 1:00:27)  This session includes cover crops, kill crop, mulch/manure additions, weed growth, irrigation, etc.

NRCS

WEPP - Overview of Session 1 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time: 16:37)

NRCS

IET2 Demonstration Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time:  31:13)

NRCS

WEPP Demonstration and Use Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time: 54:35)

NRCS

WEPP Science Introduction and PowerPoint presentation Erosion Control Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

(Time: 23:28)  Water Erosion Prediction Project

NRCS

Introduction to Plant Identification Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Plant ID Webinar

(Time: 1:07:49)   Plants are of central importance to natural resource conservation. Thus, the ability to identify species or species groups is an…

NRCS

Solar-powered Water Systems for Grazing Operations Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

(Time: 1:14) Participants in this webinar will learn important considerations in planning for a solar-powered water delivery system for grazing…

Conservation Webinars

Forage Management Resources Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Reference Material

(Time: will vary) This website provides research and other resources related to forage selection, planting, pest management, harvest and storage…

University of Minnesota, Extension

Grazing Systems Planning Guide Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Reference Material

(Time: will vary)  This guide discusses the components of a grazing system by taking you through the grazing management planning process.…

University of Minnesota

Improving Pastures Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Video

(Time: 55:38) In this session, U of M Extension Educator Troy Salzer covers the importance of soil testing, fertilizing, liming, and seeding,…

University of Minnesota Extension

A Practical Field Guide for Designing Conservation Buffers Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 00:52)  In this webinar, participants will learn how to use evidence-based guidelines for designing vegetative buffers as presented in the…

USDA National Agroforestry Center

Establishment of Wildflower Habitat for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects, and Wildlife Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 2:00) This webinar provides instruction regarding the creation or restoration of quality pollinator habitat.

Xerces Society/NRCS

Restoring Native Plant Communities: Soil and Hydrology Suited Planning Tools Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 1:07)  This webinar explains how native plant community restoration can be guided by existing natural inventories. 

NRCS

Conserving Pollinators While Addressing Other Resource Concerns Pollinators Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 01:30)  This webinar discusses planning and implementing conservation measures to address multiple resource concerns, including pollinator…

Xerces Society/NRCS

Building Better Native Seed Mixes Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 59:45) Webinar 7 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center;  Learn how to make the State of Minnesota’s new seed mix system…

University of Minnesota

Ten Things to Know About Planting Wet Areas Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 59:27)  Webinar 6 of 7 from U of M Ecological Restoration Training Center  Wet areas such as wetlands, shorelines, and stormwater projects…

University of Minnesota

Selecting Seed Sources to “Future-Proof” Restored Plant Communities Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 1:03:32)  Webinar 5 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center    Selecting seed sources for restoration projects, so plant…

University of Minnesota

Interseeding Prairies to Enhance Diversity Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Reference Material

(Time: will vary)  Webinar 4 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center;  Interseeding to enhance native diversity in degraded,…

University of Minnesota

Biocontrol for Ecological Restoration in Minnesota: Looking Back and Looking Forward Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 57:56) Webinar 3 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center; Biocontrol has proven to be an effective tool for the control…

University of Minnesota

Planning to Avoid Pitfalls: The Key to Restoration Success Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 41:25)  Webinar 2 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center; No manager wants to lose a restoration project to planting…

University of Minnesota

Learning by Doing: Why Restoration Records Matter Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

(Time: 58:00) Webinar 1 of 7 from U of M's Ecological Restoration Training Center; Maintaining project records is essential for keeping long-term…

University of Minnesota

Certificate in Ecological Restoration Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Online Course

(Time: 150 hours) The Ecological Restoration certificate is a 150-hour program comprising five required courses. The certificate is designed to…

University of Minnesota

Pollinators, Monarchs and Beneficial Insects Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Reference Material

This website has multiple references for conservation planning for pollinators, monarch and beneficial insects.

NRCS

Pollinators Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Video

(Time: 57:21) In this session, Elaine Evans will discuss pollinators.   Pollinators are a crucial part of our food production system as well as…

University of Minnesota

Hydrology and Terrain Analysis Tools for Using LiDAR Data Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Webinar

NRCS

LiDAR Based Tools & Applications for Estimation and Design Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Video

(Time:12:29)  Peter Mead (Cartographic Technician) and Wes Drake (Agricultural Engineer) from the Minnesota NRCS provide an overview and…

NRCS

GPS 101: Introduction to GPS Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Video

(Time: 24:30)  This is an introductory presentation on the U.S. Global Positioning System.  It is not training on specific equipment but an…

BWSR

Watershed Tools Overview Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Webinar

(Time: 21:52) This webinar is a recorded PowerPoint showing the NRCS Engineering Tools-Watershed Tools and other Tools in ArcMap. The first ~19…

BWSR

Watershed Tools Demo Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Video

(Time: 21:46) This video is a demonstration of each step of a watershed delineation and RCN determination for a potential waterway project. The…

BWSR

Installing Engineering Tools Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) GIS-GPS Video

(Time: 3:32) This video is a quick demonstration of where to find, download, and how to install
the NRCS-Engineering Tools toolbox into…

BWSR

VegScape Vegetation Ag & Agronomy Reference Material

Layer developed by USDA NASS in cooperation with NASA.  Map showing crop condition monitoring system. Integrates soil moisture, temperature, etc…

CropScape Crops Ag & Agronomy Reference Material

Layer developed by USDA NASS in cooperation with NASA.  Map showing crop history of areas going back to 1997.  Also evaluation of how many years…

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Census of Agriculture Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Reference Material

County specific data (examples include acres and sales by crop type, number and sales by livestock type and types of operators and operations) can…

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Introduction to Beef Cattle Production in the United States Livestock Ag & Agronomy Online Course

Nine modules:  Module 1:  Beef Cattle Genetic Management; Time: 20 - 25 minutes; Module 2: Beef Cattle Nutrition and Feeding; Time: 30 – 45…

NRCS, Texas A&M Extension