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
Integrated Pest Management Policy and Related Conservation Practice Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Webinar

(Time: 18:18 min) The first section of the PowerPoint will focus on National General Manual Policy GM190-404 Subparts A-D along with Conservation…

NRCS

CORE 4 Pest Management Technical References and Training Materials Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Pest Management Reference Material

(Time: will vary)  Basic overview of pest management principles.  Materials concentrate on assessing environmental risks of pest management…

NRCS

Using Soil Taxonomy to Identify Hydric Soils Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation with 59 slides describing the hierarchical nature of soil classification and how a particular soil’s…

NRCS

Redoximorphic feature Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 33 slides. The objectives of the…

NRCS

Hydric Soil Overview Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed by Michael Whited of the NRCS Wetland Science Institute, containing 18 slides explaining the…

NRCS

Field Indicators of Hydric Soil Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Reference Material

This is a powerpoint presentation developed with the Wetland Science Institute, containing 65 slides covering the general concepts used for…

NRCS

Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

This first webinar, presented in 5 segments, in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed

ASWM and NRCS

Hydric Soils Training Modules Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wetland ID & Ecology Basics Webinar

The Association of State Wetland Managers has developed an online training series focused on hydric soils for wetland professionals. This twelve…

A SWM

Integrated Erosion Tool Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Soil Erosion Prediction Models Video

A series of videos providing an introduction to the Integrated Erosion Tool (IET) from the…

NRCS

Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Webinar

(Time: 1:00) Learn about ecotypes and ecological restoration planning tools for greater long term conservation planting success.

NRCS

Native Warm Season Grass Drill Calibration Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Video

(Time:16:27) Jake Watson, USDA NRCS and Michael McCord discuss how to calibrate a drill for Native Warm Season Grasses.

NRCS

How to set your grass drill for native grass seed Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Video

(Time: 6:17) This video demonstrates the basics of drill seeding native grass seed. Topics covered: differences in a native seed drill and a grain…

Bamert Seed

Warm Season Grasses (1 of 5) “Site Preparation” Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Video

(Time: 5:21) Step 1 of 5 on planting and managing native warm season grasses.

Missouri Conservation Department

Preparing Land for Seeding Native Grasses & Plants Vegetation Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Video

(Time: 1:37) Preparing the seedbed correctly will increase the likelihood of seed germination and a successful planting. The…

Texas A&M Extension

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