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Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff
September 13, 2022 - September 15, 2022
One event on September 27, 2022 at 12:00 am
This training is designed to provide field level conservationists and resource soil scientists with an overall understanding of soil health and sustainability principles to guide them with recommendations for land management. The training can be tailored by land use or specialty emphasis area using modules for cropland, pasture, range, eastern forests, sod and nursery crops, organic specialty crops, and/or salinity and sodicity. Upon completion of this course participants will be able to evaluate soil health, have an understanding of soil quality/soil health indicators and their relationship to onsite/offsite effects of management; communicate soil health concerns to employees, partners and land managers through conservation technical assistance and planning that complies with national policy; and apply soil health and sustainability principles and conservation technology holistically to supply safe, healthy and abundant food and fiber and sustain ecosystem functions on agricultural lands.
NRCS staff in the 400 & 800 Series and Partners, particularly those involved in resource inventory and conservation planning with land managers or assessment of dynamic soil properties for soil survey.
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
Define or describe soil health terms and basic concepts to develop an understanding of the soil ecosystem, soil biology, and soil functions;
Discuss soil chemical, physical, and biological properties and the soil functions they affect;
Evaluate and compare management practices for limiting physical and chemical disturbance;
Apply agroecology technologies that build or degrade soil function
Be knowledgeable of soil features that indicate good soil health using field observations;
Use farmer input (goals) and background data to initiate inventory and assessment of soil resources;
Analyze collected data to identify soil health problems and priorities for improvements;
Understand how improving soil health improves productivity and profitability;
Understand the costs of poor soil health on air and water quality; and
Use soil health demonstrations to promote conservation.
NE Area: Waupaca, WI. Tuesday-Thursday Sept 13-15, sign up here.
SE Area: Fond du Lac, WI. Tuesday-Thursday Sept 27-29, sign up here.
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