Tech Talks is a online training series organized by the Technical Training and Certification Program. Rotating speakers cover a wide variety of technical topics every Monday at 1:00. On occasion additional sessions may be scheduled at 9:00 in the morning to accommodate our presenters.

Miss a session you were interested in? We record every presentation and make replays available in the Online Learning section of the TTCP website.

Follow these instructions to access the webinars:

1. Go to: Tech Talks

2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: TTCP1234
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

If you are joining to the audio by phone, dial 1-415-655-0003 after connecting above. The session code is 146 362 3371, and your participant ID will be displayed on the Webex screen.

You may log-in up to 30 minutes in advance to establish your connection.



Training Type
Upcoming Training

Tech Talk Schedule: Mondays at 1:00

July 5 No session this day Independence Day Holiday
July 12 Designing Wetland Restoration Seed Mixes Kelly Voigt, TTCP Training Conservationist will demonstrate how design and evaluate wetland restoration seed mixes using the latest version of the NRCS seeding and certification calculator.
July 19 Roof Runoff Structure (CPS558): Gutters Patrick Schultz, TTCP Training Engineer will go through some basic planning, design, and construction oversight elements of using roof gutters as a conservation practice. This session will also discuss terminology needed for understanding roof gutter components and the building components they attach to.
July 26 Environmental Markets 101, and a look at the Minnesota Ecosystem Services Market Consortium Pilot Kris Johnson, Interim Director of Agriculture for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region will provide an overview of the science and economics surrounding the rapidly evolving world of agricultural ecosystem services, followed by an in depth look at central Minnesota’s Ecosystem Services Marketplace Consortium (ESMC) pilot project from ESMC’s project manager, Stacy Cushenbery. The session will offer attendees a general understanding of Carbon sequestration, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Greenhouse gas reduction mechanisms and markets, and offer an inside look at Minnesota’s unique opportunities to test new innovations, contribute to critical research projects and provide input to guide ESMC program development – all while generating saleable ecosystem service assets.
August 2 Windbreak Fundamentals (CPS 380) Join Callie Bertsch (NRCS) and Gary Wyatt (UMN Extension) for an overview of Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (CPS380) and the windbreak design elements: height, density, and length. This session will also provide an introduction to the windbreak planning tools including the Conservation Tree/Shrub Groups (CTSGs), the Implementation Requirements worksheet, UMN Extension practice design resources.
August 9 Managing GIS Layers Matt Baltes, NRCS State GIS Coordinator, will demonstrate how to download SSURGO soils data from Web Soil Survey and import it into ArcMap. Matt will also review the tables included in this dataset and demonstrate using the Soil Data Viewer.
August 16 Windbreak Planning Considerations (CPS 380) This session covers some of the additional planning considerations for windbreaks, shelterbelts, and living snow fences. Karin Jokela, Xerces Society, will be discussing wildlife habitat considerations, including those for pollinators and beneficial insects, and Dan Gullickson, MN DOT, will review porosity and setbacks as snow management considerations.
August 23 Livestock Pipeline Project Example (CPS 516) Patrick Schultz, TTCP Engineer will go through a livestock pipeline project example demonstrating how data collected in the field is used in available design tools to size and design a livestock pipeline.
August 30 Connecting High Tunnels (CPS 325) to Soil Health Description coming soon!