Our Trainings

From introductory courses for new employees to advanced training for conservation advisors, the Conservation Professional Training Program, or CPTP, provides the trainings you need at every level.

Upcoming Conservation Professional Training Program Trainings

In early 2021, the Division of Extension is once again teaming up with the DNR to host a series of Confined Animal Feeding Operation Workshops!

2021 CAFO Workshops

In 2021 the CAFO Workshops are going virtual – they will be 1.5 -2 hour sessions over four days from February 2-5, 2021 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.

The February 2nd session will focus on farms that are near permit size or are thinking of expanding over the 1,000 animal unit threshold in the next few years. The sessions on February 3rd, 4th and 5th are for permitted CAFOs, their consultants, and agency staff working who work with them.

More information and registration details will be available in mid-December. Stay tuned!

Available Online Trainings

The Conservation Professional Training Program has worked with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service to create a series of online courses hosted through AgLearn. The courses our team has developed are listed below:

CourseAgLearn Catalog NumberCourse Description
Introduction to Conservation ForestryNEDC-NRCS-000482This course informs conservation planners about basic forest ecology and forest management practices to establish a foundation for implementing forestry and agroforestry conservation practices.
Basics of Plant Identification for Conservation PlannersNEDC-NRCS-000450This course introduces plant identification and its role in the conservation planning process.
Delivering Effective Blended Training to ConservationistsNCRS-NHQ-000055The course provides succinct, practical information to help you create effective blended trainings.
Ecological Site DescriptionsNRCS-NEDC-000428This course informs conservation professionals about ecological site descriptions and the value of referencing them throughout the NRCS conservation planning process.
Forage Suitability Groups (Pasture States)NRCS-NEDC-000427This course introduces forage suitability groups (pasture states) and their reports.
FSA 858 Wetland Screening ToolFSA-HQ-DAFP-858This course provides a step-by- step method to understand and complete the FSA-858 form along with background and practice in identifying potential wetlands on an applicant’s property that may impact his/her loan application.
Fundamentals of Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) ProvisionsNRCS-NEDC-000409This course will overviews the basics of the Highly Erodible Land Conservation (HELC) and Wetland Conservation (WC) provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended.
Introduction to Pasture Condition ScoringNRCS-NEDC-000414This course introduces the pasture evaluation approach known as Pasture Condition Scoring (PCS), including the 10 indicators of pasture health most commonly used in PCS and some tools for evaluating the indicators.
Rangeland Health AssessmentNRCS-NEDC-000410This course is designed to raise awareness of when, why, and how to use the rangeland health assessment procedure as detailed in Interpreting Indicators of Rangeland Health.
Stream Visual Assessment Protocol 2 (SVAP2)Stream Visual Assessment Protocol 2 (SVAP2) introduces the process of visually assessing streams on working land.
Using Basic Soil Survey Information in Conservation PlanningNRCS-NEDC-000416The goal of this course is to introduce several common soil properties and interpretations, the basics of map unit composition, and Web Soil Survey, the official source of soils data.
Using Planning Criteria in Conservation PlanningThis course introduces the NRCS planning criteria and their role in each phase of the Nine Steps of Conservation Planning.
Using WIN-PST for Conservation PlanningNRCS-NEDC-000429This course introduces the Windows Pesticide Screening Tool (WIN-PST), how to run it, and how to interpret and use its reports.
Wildlife Habitat Evaluation for Conservation PlanningNRCS-NEDC-000426The course introduces the concept of wildlife habitat and how to apply science-based means of evaluation to aid the conservation planning process.
NEPA, the NRCS-CPA-52 Environmental Evaluation and Conservation PlanningNRCS-NHQ-000048The course explores NEPA, the NRCS 9 Step Planning Process and the NRCS-CPA-52 Environmental Evaluation Worksheet.

Federal employees should automatically have an AgLearn account. Non-federal employees will need additional assistance to access AgLearn courses. For assistance, please contact your local the AgLearn point of contact staff.