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February 2018

Grazing and Nutrient Management Webinar

February 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Effectively dealing with nutrient management on grazing operations must be addressed and they create many challenges. There are various grazing systems, and each one tackles nutrient management in a different way. Animal type along with forage type and quality also impact this nutrient management issue. What is the nutrient uptake by the animals? How many nutrients are returned to the pastures/rangelands through manure? What is the distribution of the nutrients? Are supplemental nutrients required to maintain pasture plant health? More…

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Webinar: How can Biochar Improve Soil Processes?

February 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Biochar has been touted as improving soil water relations, microbial processes, and soil fertility; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and increasing crop productivity. How can such a simple material do so much? This webinar will explore some of the many soil factors biochar is claimed to improve. However, not all biochars are equal and therefore may act differently depending on soil conditions. This webinar will also explore some fundamentals of various biochars by presenting laboratory images and videos that help explain…

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March 2018

Webinar: Native Vegetation Investments Pay Conservation Dividends

March 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Native vegetation has been questioned for its perceived high cost of establishment; however, when considering its multiple ecosystem services and improved efficiencies over many non-native introduced species, native vegetation is a desirable alternative.  Topics covered will include soil conservation, water quality, air quality, soil health, forage, biomass, and wildlife. Go to http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/native-vegetation-investments-pay-conservation-dividends to find out more.

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Webinar: Soil Health and Water Quality

March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Soil Health is a rapidly evolving movement that is frequently in the headlines. Water Quality is important everywhere, but specific issues vary widely based on geography, land use, and population. Attend this webinar to learn about resources that you can use to answer questions, present information, and connect individuals to research projects that are working on solutions to these rapidly evolving topics. Learn more at https://learn.extension.org/events/3327

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Place-based Agricultural Monitoring Webinar

March 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Current satellite technology can provide high resolution data down to the field scale for place-based agricultural applications. However, accessing this data can be a burden and existing tools may not provide all the information that is needed by the agricultural community. This webinar will provide a brief overview of how remotely sensed data can be useful for agricultural applications, introduce some existing tools, and solicit feedback from end-users on what is still missing and needed from existing or new products.…

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The Current Webinar 35: Evaluating Outreach Programs: Topics and Trends

March 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Whether you're leading outreach and leadership programs or technological programming and support, evaluation is key to understanding impact and cultivating improvement. Tune in for this month's The Current webinar as we hear about successful mixed methods evaluation techniques that integrate participants and community stakeholders to better meet audience needs. Amber Saylor Mase, University of Wisconsin-Extension: Evaluating Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast (RRAF)- Decision support for manure application in “America’s Dairyland” Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota Extension: Documenting the Impacts of Collaborative Efforts:…

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April 2020

Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention: Online

April 1 - April 3

The 2020 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention will focus on resilient lake and river systems. Come hear from great keynote speakers, attend hands-on workshops, and participate in networking.

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Virtual Earth Day Conference

April 20 @ 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

Join us April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the virtual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, Earth Day@50: Aspiring for Sustainability, Striving for Justice, Crafting the Planet. The virtual content will be presented online, through a mix of webinars, prerecorded sessions, and interactive discussions that will include a wide range of speakers discussing the role of social justice, technology, and intentionality in crafting our shared future. Register today at earthday.nelson.wisc.edu/

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One Water Webinar- Water Week 2020: Insights from Washington

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

In the spirit of One Water, our April webinar offering is a joint collaboration with association partners to bring you a virtual Water Week 2020. While the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will keep us from meeting in person, the last few weeks have only underscored the importance of the water sector's continued advocacy with federal policymakers. We can still use this opportunity to advance policy priorities for clean and safe water and highlight the critical role utilities play…

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Soil Health Digital Cafe Series: Soil Health Tests for Monitoring Midwest Soils

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Soil Health Nexus is hosting a series of informal soil health webinars featuring Extension soil health experts and researchers from across the region discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The webinars will take place weekly starting Wednesday, April 29 at 2 pm CT. They will be an hour in length with a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minutes of Q&A and then a casual 30-minute Digital Cafe where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more…

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May 2020

Webinar: The U.S. Water Workforce & COVID-19 Pandemic: Examining Governance, Diversity and Pipeline Solutions

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The workplace of the future will be greatly changed by the coronavirus pandemic. The significance of water and sanitation services has been elevated as necessities to safeguard public health and individual hygiene to help fight the deadly virus. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies has petitioned Congress to include $12.5 billion for wastewater utilities in a coronavirus relief stimulus package. The funding would offset revenue declines and help utilities continue to provide essential services while many customers cannot pay…

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Arkansas Soil & Water Virtual Field Trip: No-till Watermelon Cover Crop

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This series of Soil & Water Conservation Virtual Field Trips (VFTs), focuses on the conservation benefits our researchers have developed with respect to water quality, irrigation water use, climate change, soil health, profitability, and sustainability through their partnership with farmers on selected farms including some farmers involved in the Arkansas Discovery Farms Program.  

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Climate Hub Webinar: Soil Health Impacts

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This webinar will discuss how soil health practices can improve farm income, reduce nutrient runoff, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on individual farms. It will discuss how we developed soil health economic case studies highlighting practice adoption by eight farmers in different parts of the U.S. This includes two almond producers, four corn-soybean farmers, and two diversified cropping system farmers. We will discuss how these two-page case studies offer useful outreach and educational content on the costs and benefits of successful…

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Soil Health Digital Cafe Series Webinar: Gaining Ground-Soil as a Renewable Resource

May 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Soil Health Nexus is hosting a series of informal soil health webinars featuring Extension soil health experts and researchers from across the region discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The webinars will take place weekly starting Wednesday, April 29 at 2 pm CT. They will be an hour in length with 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minutes of Q&A and then a casual 30-minute Digital Cafe where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth…

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Soil Health Digital Cafe Series Webinar: Soil Health Testing

May 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Soil Health Nexus is hosting a series of informal soil health webinars featuring Extension soil health experts and researchers from across the region discussing the latest soil health research, resources, and news. The webinars will take place weekly starting Wednesday, April 29 at 2pm CT. They will be an hour in length with 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minutes of Q&A and then a casual 30-minute Digital Cafe where attendees can continue to discuss the topic in more depth with…

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June 2020

Drought Decision-Making Tools You Can Use Webinar

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Learn about two toolkits that support drought monitoring and drought decision-making across the lower 48 states: the Integrated Water Portal and The Climate Toolbox.

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Soil Health Digital Cafe Series: Exploring how farmers’ perceptions of soil health affect their management decisions (preliminary data and future plans)

June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Join the Soil Health Nexus for the next edition of the Soil Health Digital Cafe Series.

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Winter Oilseed Virtual Field Day: Supply Chain and Market Development

June 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Winter camelina (Camelina sativa) and pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) are new winter-hardy annual oilseeds that have great potential for use as a cash cover crop that protects soil and water while also providing economic benefits to farmers in the Upper Midwest. This webinar will provide a 40-minute overview of market and supply chain development for these new oilseeds, including a panel conversation with industry representatives who are partnering with UMN and AURI to expand production and use of winter camelina and…

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Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Updates

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Free

The three distinct sessions will cover different aspects of  CNMP development including: Goals of the CNMP Changes in WI CNMP process Planning process (NPPH) Planning criteria (National with WI adoption) FOTG organization (Where do I find the tools) Common challenges in CNMPs and development Plan review CNMP package delivery CNMP certification .5 PDH will be offered for each webinar.  1 Nutrient Management CEU, .5 Soil & Water Management CEU, and .5 Professional Development CEU will be offered for each webinar. Please register at the following link by the Friday before each training or register…

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Soil Health Digital Cafe Series: Cover Crop/Soil Health On-Farm Research Partnership Between UNL and NRCS

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Join the Soil Health Nexus for this week's edition of the Soil Health Digital Cafe Series. 

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Well Care 101 – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Free

In a survey of over 1,700 well owners, 67% believed their well water was safe without any evidence to support it. You can protect your health and your family's by learning the basics of well care. In this webinar training, you'll learn: How to determine if you water is safe for drinking Simple best practices for well maintenance Solutions to the most common well problems Register here.

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Working with Neighbors to Integrate Livestock and Improve Soil

June 11 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
Free

Tom's goal is to improve the soil on his family's century farm. To do this, he has been working with neighbors Jim Funke, Jon Merrill, and Conner Allender to integrate cattle, sheep, and poultry into his cropping system in a variety of ways. They've been practicing management-intensive grazing for four years on selected areas.  We'll see areas where unrolled hay bales were fed prior to cash crop planting and where stockpiled grazing took place. We'll also see how chickens follow cows,…

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Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Updates

June 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Free

The three distinct sessions will cover different aspects of  CNMP development including: Goals of the CNMP Changes in WI CNMP process Planning process (NPPH) Planning criteria (National with WI adoption) FOTG organization (Where do I find the tools) Common challenges in CNMPs and development Plan review CNMP package delivery CNMP certification .5 PDH will be offered for each webinar.  1 Nutrient Management CEU, .5 Soil & Water Management CEU, and .5 Professional Development CEU will be offered for each webinar. Please register at the following link by the Friday before each training or register…

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The Current Webinar: Recreational Water Quality and Invasive Species

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Join the North Central Region Water Network for the next edition of The Current.

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ASDWA’s New PFAS – Source Water Protection Guide and Toolkit

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

This webinar will showcase the soon-to-be released guide and toolkit that was developed with support from a Project Advisory Council (PAC) with representatives from nine states (Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin), and the Cadmus Group. The purpose of the guide is to demonstrate and share effective strategies for addressing PFAS contamination risk in source waters that will help inform policy decisions, assist state drinking water programs in protecting public health, and encourage collaboration…

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Prairie Strips and Conservation on Rented Ground – Management and Prescribed Fire

June 18 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Free

Prairie strips are a practice that more farmers and landowners are using to reintegrate prairie into Iowa's agricultural landscape, providing numerous water quality and wildlife benefits in the process. Join landowner Eric Hoien, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and the ISU STRIPS team to learn more about designing, establishing, and managing prairie strips and how to work with land tenants to achieve conservation goals.  In part 1 of this virtual event, landowner Eric Hoien and ISU STRIPS farmer liaison Tim Younquist will…

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Wetland Soils 101: Way More Than Just Mud on Your Boots

June 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm

If you're involved with wetland management, restoration, or mitigation at any scale, you need to understand how soil properties influence wetlands. Soils affect water availability, water transport, vegetation communities, and so much more. Join wetland ecologist Drew Fowler to hear about the unique and diverse properties of wetland soils as well as how different soils facilitate surface and groundwater flows. You'll learn the questions you need to ask of the soils in the wetlands you care for and work with…

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Conservation Drainage – Managing Water for the Future

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the North Central Climate Collaborative for their next webinar Conservation Drainage – Managing Water for the Future featuring John McMaine. Tile drainage is widespread throughout the Midwest.  As weather patterns continue to shift toward more precipitation outside of the growing season and less precipitation during the growing season, water management will need to continue to adapt to provide resilience. Conservation drainage is a concept that incorporates methods of storing water or treating water in the landscape or edge-of-field to…

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Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Updates

June 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until June 24, 2020

Free

The three distinct sessions will cover different aspects of  CNMP development including: Goals of the CNMP Changes in WI CNMP process Planning process (NPPH) Planning criteria (National with WI adoption) FOTG organization (Where do I find the tools) Common challenges in CNMPs and development Plan review CNMP package delivery CNMP certification .5 PDH will be offered for each webinar.  1 Nutrient Management CEU, .5 Soil & Water Management CEU, and .5 Professional Development CEU will be offered for each webinar. Please register at the following link by the Friday before each training or register…

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Interactive Map-Based Learning Experience for Manure and Soil Health

June 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

Join the Soil Health Nexus team for the next edition of the Soil Health Digital Cafe Series. The University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota have partnered to develop an interactive experience for small groups to identify preferred manure application sites based upon soil health and other factors. This webinar will feature Rick Koelsch and Leslie Johnson from Nebraska Extension.

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July 2020

The Current: Harmful Algal Blooms

July 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Free

With summer in full swing, many folks enjoy spending time out on the water. However, harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can put a damper on summer fun. Tune in to the next edition of The Current to hear an update on the Network funded Reservoir Observer Student Scientists program as well as the latest HABs research. Register here.

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