The Current Webinar Series

The Current is a speed networking webinar series for professionals engaged in water-related extension, research, and conservation activities. The North Central Region Water Network and Extension Directors from all 12 North Central states are sponsoring this series to highlight the best water-related research and Extension programming in the region. Webinars will run for 60 minutes, with three 10-minute project snapshots and 30 minutes of QA/peer-to-peer interaction.

Upcoming Webinar:

From Research and Innovation to Implementation: Examples of Conservation Finance in Action
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 at 2pm CT

While conservation finance is far from new, there is a wide array of emerging research and innovative models for aligning conservation practice implementation with market-based mechanisms. But how do we translate this research and innovation into implementation? Tune in to this month’s edition of The Current Webinar series as we explore three examples of conservation finance in practice – from incorporating conservation into ag leases to aggregating conservation drainage bids and public-private collaboration.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ricardo Costa, Field Crops Educator and 4R Nutrient Management Specialist, Michigan State Extension
  • Alejandro Plastina, Associate Professor and Extension Economist, Iowa State University
  • Keegan Kult, Executive Director, Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition


Looking for information on our other webinars? The Network’s Harmful Algal Bloom, Soil Health and Climate team all have a webinar series. Be sure to check them out!

Most Recent Webinar:

Nutrient Reduction Best Management Practices in Cold Climates
Wednesday, April 14th – View the recording or access the presentation slides

In April 2019 partners across the Red River Basin of the North came together for a workshop to examine the available research on the effectiveness and suitability of nutrient reduction agricultural beneficial management practices (BMPs) in cold climates. Our April edition of The Current Webinar series featured three workshop organizers who discussed the workshop, how it came together and why more discussion around nutrient reduction BMPs in cold climates is needed. Speakers also shared the main research gaps identified and the BMPs the group broadly agreed were highly effective in reducing N and/or P loading in the basin.

Featured Speakers:

  • Mike Ell, former Environmental Sciences Administrator at the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality
  • Jason Vanrobaeys, Lead for Agroecosystem Resilience at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Mitchell Timmerman, Agri-Ecosystems Specialist at Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development


View all past webinars in our media archive.