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
Tech Talk: Brush Management (CPS 314) in Grasslands and Savannas Practice Specific Webinar

Brush Management is becoming increasingly needed on our grassland and savanna habitats to maintain their open character. However, this tool can be…

TTCP, PF

Tech Talk: Core Concepts for Designing and Evaluating Native Seed Mixes Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Webinar

Karin Jokela, Xerces Society Partner Biologist, covers how to design and evaluate native seed mixes using the latest version of the NRCS seeding…

TTCP, Xerces

Tech Talk: 2024 Pest Management Forecast Planning Pest Management Webinar

Bruce Potter, UMN Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist, looks at pest management considerations for the coming year. Bruce discusses…

TTCP, UMN Extension

Tech Talk: Pest Management Follow Up Pest Management Webinar

This is a follow up to the in person Basic Pest Management Concepts training sessions that were held in January, 2024. Courtney Cheever, NRCS…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Minnesota Wheat's On Farm Research Network Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy Webinar

Melissa Carlson, lead researcher and coordinator of Minnesota Wheat's On Farm Research Network, provides an overview of how they work with growers…

TTCP, MN Wheat

Tech Talk: MN Seed Law Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Webinar

This session provides an overview of Minnesota's Seed law, one of the oldest consumer protection laws in Minnesota, which is in place to ensure a…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Updated Engineering Practice Standards Practice Specific Webinar

The NRCS engineering staff goes over the latest NRCS engineering practice standards. They also discuss what has changed in the latest updates to…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Source Water Protection Water Quality Basics Webinar

During this session Courtney Cheever (NRCS), Mark Wetlauffer (MDH), Aaron Meyer (MRWA), and Katie Breth (MRWA) provide an introduction to the…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Back to our Roots: Managing Alfalfa for Yield and Environment Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Ag & Agronomy

Joshua Gamble, ARS Research Agronomist, discusses the role alfalfa roots play in mediating yield, stand persistence, and ecosystem services.…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Seed Calculator Revisions Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Vegetation – Species, Seeding and Seed Mixes Webinar

The new version of the seeding spreadsheet has the ability to do seeding checkouts based on seed tags listing a Pure Live Seed (PLS) applied…

TTCP

2023 Tech Talks Webinar

Tech Talks is a online training series organized by the Technical Training and Certification Program. Rotating speakers cover a wide variety…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Annual Forages for Grazing Systems (CPS 810) Practice Specific Webinar

This Tech Talk provides an overview of the interim CPS 810 Annual Forages for Grazing Systems Conservation Practice Standard, Implementation…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Amending Soil Properties with Lime Practice Specific Webinar

Ryan Buetow, NRCS State Agronomist, discusses the foundation of soil management and all the impacts that pH has on crop growth, nutrient…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Controlled Traffic Farming, Conservation Harvest, Field Operations Emissions Reduction Practice Specific Webinar

Ryan Buetow, NRCS State Agronomist, discusses the new practices Controlled Traffic Farming (CPS 334), Conservation Harvest (CPS 809), and Field…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Audubon Conservation Ranching Program Advanced Tech Skills (Matrix) Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

The Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) program is a collaborative effort between farmers, ranchers, and Audubon to address the decline of…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Livestock Forage Balance Worksheet Practice Design Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

In this Tech Talk Jeff Duchene, NRCS State Grazing Specialist, provides an overview of the Livestock Forage Balance Sheet available in Section IV…

TTCP

Tech Talk Replay: Wildlife Habitat Planting (CPS 420) Wildlife Practice Specific Webinar

Jeff Kalin, NRCS Wildlife Biologist, and Karin Jokela, Xerces Society Pollinator Planner and Partner Biologist, for an overview the new Wildlife…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Economics of Soil Loss Conservation Planning Webinar

This Tech Talk highlights the economic and social implications of soil loss. From a farm level economic perspective, soil is an important input in…

TTCP

Tech Talk: HY-8 Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Hydraulics Webinar

Elizabeth Oolman, NRCS H&H Engineer, discuss everything culverts. This session covers culvert basics, how to design a culvert using a…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Native Vegetation Guidelines and BWSR Programs: Decision Making for Successful Projects Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Native Vegetation, Habitats and Pollinators Webinar

This Tech Talk highlights the revisions to the Native Vegetation Establishment and Enhancement Guidelines including:
•    A…

TTCP, BWSR

2022 Tech Talks Webinar

Tech Talks is a online training series organized by the Technical Training and Certification Program. Rotating speakers cover a wide variety…

Tech Talk: Side Inlet Planning and Design Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

Join Patrick Schultz and Aaron Peter, TTCP engineers, as they cover planning and design criteria for Side Water Inlets (SWI’s). SWI’s are an…

TTCP

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

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

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

Tech Talk: Basic Irrigation Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

Brian Ebel, NRCS Water Resource Engineer, discusses the basic concepts of irrigation. This introduction to irrigation will include:

TTCP

Tech Talk: Grassed Waterway Spreadsheet Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

The MN NRCS’s grassed waterway design spreadsheet uses the same methodology as the EFT waterway program and is an acceptable design tool. In this…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Early Successional Habitat Management for Wildlife Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wildlife Habitat Assessment & Management Webinar

Jacob Granfors, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, and Garett Christiansen, NRCS Forester, discuss open landscapes, early…

TTCP, PF

Tech Talk: Forage Harvest Management (CPS 511) Livestock Practice Specific Webinar

In this Tech Talk Jeff Duchene (NRCS Grazing Specialist, NW Area) and Morgan Kauth (NRCS Grazing Specialist, SW Area) discuss an overview of…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Drought Planning for Pasture and Forage Management Livestock Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

During this session Eric Mousel, UMN Extension, focuses on the impact of the 2021 drought on pasture and forage production in 2022. Eric will…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Pasture and Hay Planting - Species Selection Livestock Practice Specific Webinar

During this session Jeff Duchene, NRCS Grazing Specialist, covers:

  • Characteristics of common species…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Pasture and Hay Planting - Practice Standard Livestock Practice Specific Webinar

During this session Jeff Duchene, NRCS Grazing Specialist, discusses:

  • An overview of Conservation…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Tree and Shrub Site Preparation (CPS 490) Practice Specific Webinar

This Tech Talk is about tree/shrub site preparation (CPS 490) and tree/shrub planting methods. This session includes a discussion of planning…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Tree and Shrub Establishment Practice (CPS 612) Practice Specific Webinar

In this session Callie Bertsch, NRCS State Forester, and Kelly Voigt, TTCP Training Conservationist, cover Tree/Shrub Establishment practice (CPS…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Overview of Agrichemical Handling Facilities Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

This session includes an overview of the Agrichemical Handling Facility (CPS 309) practice. What the resource concerns are, design tools and…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Conservation Drainage Designs and Systems Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Water Quality Basics Webinar

Mark Dittrich and Jeppe Hjaersgaard, both with MDA, discuss drainage and conservation focusing on the human dimension of conservation. What’s…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Sheep and Goat Grazing and Browsing for Native Restorations Livestock Managed Grazing Systems Webinar

Audrey Lomax, MNL, presents on ecological restoration projects. Audrey highlights specific case studies and goes in depth on the use of goats in…

TTCP

Hydrology & Hydraulics Training Series Hydrology

This is a collection of trainings, video replays, and information pertaining to the engineering skills hydrology and…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Basic Survey Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Surveying Webinar

The goal of this training is to become familiar with terms and procedures, recognize features of different equipment, and make you more…

TTCP

Livestock Pipeline and Watering Facility Training Series Practice Specific

This training series provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, design, and install Livestock Pipeline (CPS 516)…

TTCP

Prescribed Grazing Training Series Practice Specific

This training series provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills, and abilities to plan, design, and install Prescribed Grazing (CPS528).…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Nutrient Management Module 17: Fertilizer Additives Nutrient Management Practice Specific Webinar

Fabian Fernandez, Nutrient Management Specialist from the University of Minnesota discusses fertilizer additives.  Watch this session to…

TTCP, U of M

Tech Talk: Placing Habitat with a Purpose Basic Tech Skills (Matrix) Wildlife Habitat Assessment & Management Webinar

BJ Werk, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist with Pheasants Forever, talks about the precision application of conservation on marginal…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Riparian Herbaceous Cover or Riparian Forest Buffer? Practice Specific Webinar

Shannon Carpenter, NRCS State Water Quality Specialist, reviews the Riparian Herbaceous Cover (CPS 390) and Riparian Forest Buffer (CPS 391). This…

TTCP

Tech Talk: Connecting High Tunnels to Soil Health Practice Specific Webinar

Shannon Carpenter, NRCS, and Julie Grossman, UMN provide an overview of the High Tunnel practice standard (CPS 325), review different types of…

TTCP, UMN

Tech Talk: Well System Investigation Practice Design Practice Specific Webinar

Patrick Schultz, TTCP Engineer, walks through the steps for investigating a residential well system for the purposes of gathering data for…

TTCP