Tech Talks is a online training series organized by the Technical Training and Certification Program. Rotating speakers cover a wide variety of technical topics at 1:00 on the identified Mondays. Miss a session you were interested in? We record every presentations and make replays available in the Online Learning section of the TTCP website.

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Format
Webinar
Source

TTCP

Date
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Time
1:00
Training Type
Upcoming Training
Notes

Scheduled Sessions

More information on 2023 Tech Talks coming soon!

DateTopicDescription
January 23TTCP OnboardingThis training will provide newer employees with an orientation to the Technical Training and Certification Program. Participants will become familiar with the training resources that are available to them through TTCP. In addition, participants will start to develop their own personalized learning plan. Those who plan to attend should bring your job description to the training and ask around to find out the five most commonly used conservation practices in your work area.
February 6

Native Vegetation Guidelines and BWSR Programs: Decision Making for Successful Projects

This Tech Talk will highlight the revisions to the Native Vegetation Establishment and Enhancement Guidelines including:

  • A walk-through of the new and improved web-based format
  • Exceptions and applicability with BWSR Programs
  • Seed quality and sourcing
  • Climate change considerations
  • Seed mixes and related resources

BWSR presenters are Dan Shaw, Brad Wozney, and Suzanne Rhees.

A replay of this session can be found here.

February 27HY-8 (Culvert Design)

Join Elizabeth Oolman, NRCS H&H Engineer, discuss everything culverts.  You will learn about culvert basics, how to design a culvert using a nomograph, and how to design a culvert using HY-8.

Useful References:

HY-8 Software:

A replay of this session can be found here.

MarchNo sessionsTech Talks were not held in March due to the four Basic Cover Crop webinars.
April 3Livestock Forage Balance Worksheet

This Tech Talk will provide an overview of the Livestock Forage Balance Sheet available in Section IV of the eFOTG under the 528 Prescribed Grazing Conservation Practice Standard. We will discuss how to develop the livestock and forage inventory portions of the forage balance worksheet.  Also, we will discuss the equations used to develop the livestock/forage balance and how to use those calculations in the field.

A replay of this session can be found here.

April 17TTCP Onboarding (Repeat)This training will provide newer employees with an orientation to the Technical Training and Certification Program. Participants will become familiar with the training resources that are available to them through TTCP. In addition, participants will start to develop their own personalized learning plan. Those who plan to attend should bring your job description to the training and ask around to find out the five most commonly used conservation practices in your work area.
May 8Economics of Soil Loss

This Tech Talk will highlight the economic and social implications of soil loss. From a farm level economic perspective, soil is an important input in agriculture production and productivity. Loss of soil is not only a concern for agriculture producers, as the movement of soil off of fields has downstream effects. In this session, participants will become familiar with the current approaches used to evaluate economic value of soil loss.  Additionally, they will become familiar with the evidence surrounding the costs and benefits of conservation practices that reduce soil loss. A better understanding of the economic values of soil loss provides insight on the role of conservation in farming practices and policy.

A replay of this session can be found here.

May 22Wildlife Habitat Planting (CPS 420)

Join Jeff Kalin, NRCS Wildlife Biologist, and Karin Jokela, Xerces Society Pollinator Planner and Partner Biologist, for a Tech Talk on the new Wildlife Habitat Planting practice (CPS 420). In this session, we will discuss:

  • The rationale for a wildlife specific conservation practice standard
  • Key differences between Wildlife Habitat Planting (420) and Conservation Cover (327)
  • Wildlife WHEGs
  • Selecting the appropriate scenario
  • Implementation requirements
  • Plant selection to support wildlife

A replay of this session can be found here.

September 25TTCP Onboarding (Repeat)This training will provide newer employees with an orientation to the Technical Training and Certification Program. Participants will become familiar with the training resources that are available to them through TTCP. In addition, participants will start to develop their own personalized learning plan. Those who plan to attend should bring your job description to the training and ask around to find out the five most commonly used conservation practices in your work area.
October 30Audubon Conservation Ranching comes to Minnesota

The Audubon Conservation Ranching (ACR) program, Audubon's flagship grassland habitat initiative, is a collaborative effort between farmers, ranchers, and Audubon to address the decline of grassland bird populations. This market-based conservation approach offers incentives for good grassland stewardship through a certification label on beef and bison products. Krysten works closely with farmers and ranchers in Minnesota that are interested in certification. In this talk she will share background on the ACR program, the pillars it was built on, and what the process for certification looks like for participating graziers.

A replay of this session can be found here.

November 13

9:00 am

Controlled Traffic Farming, Conservation Harvest Management, and Field Operations Emissions Reduction

Join Ryan Buetow, NRCS State Agronomist for a Tech Talk on the new practices Controlled Traffic Farming (CPS 334), Conservation Harvest (CPS 809), and Field Operations Emissions Reduction (CPS 376). In this session we will discuss common examples of how these practices may be used and an overview of practice requirements.

A replay of this session can be found here.

November 13

1:00 pm

Amending Soil Properties with Lime

Ryan Buetow, NRCS State Agronomist will discuss the foundation of soil management and all the impacts that pH has on crop growth, nutrient availability, and soil microbial activity. The new interim practice Amending Soil Properties with Lime (CPS 805) will be discussed along with implementation requirements, common examples of how this practice will be used, and required reporting.

A replay of this session can be found here.

November 27Annual Forages for Grazing Systems (CPS 810)This Tech Talk will provide an overview of the interim CPS 810 Annual Forages for Grazing Systems Conservation Practice Standard, Implementation Requirements, and common examples of how this practice may be used. We will also provide an overview of the technical information that has been developed for this practice, which includes Technical Note 34: Annual Forages for Grazing Systems and the Minnesota Annual Forages for Grazing Systems Design Workbook. Finally, as an interim practice, reporting on the application of this practice is required, so we will discuss the Annual Forages for Grazing Systems Practice Evaluation Worksheet.

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