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

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. A replay of this session is available here.
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. A replay of this session is available here.
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. A replay of this session is available here.
August 23 Livestock Watering: Well System Investigation

Patrick Schultz, TTCP Engineer, will walk through the steps for investigating a residential well system for the purposes of gathering data for livestock watering design. How to conduct a flow meter test as well as other tests for determining flow rate and pressure information will be discussed as well as a discussion around common well system components. A replay of this session is available here.

August 30 Connecting High Tunnels (CPS 325) to Soil Health

Shannon Carpenter, NRCS, and Julie Grossman, UMN will provide an overview of the High Tunnel practice standard (CPS 325), review different types of high tunnels, and discuss the planning considerations with a focus on high tunnel resource concerns and supporting conservation practices.

September 6 No session this day Labor Day Holiday
September 13 No session this day  
September 20 Riparian Herbaceous Cover or Riparian Forest Buffer?

Shannon Carpenter, NRCS Stater Quality Specialist, will review Riparian Herbaceous Cover (CPS 390) and Riparian Forest Buffer (CPS 391). This session will cover the differences in resource concerns, intended purposes, and determining which practice is more appropriate for the site.

September 27 Placing Habitat with a Purpose Join BJ Werk, Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist with Pheasants Forever, to learn about the precision application of conservation on marginal cropland to increase farming profits and develop essential wildlife habitat. BJ will discuss using input costs, yield data, program resources, and other factors used to identify areas better suited for wildlife habitat than crop production.