Training Events & Opportunities


The CTD is working with NRCS, CDs, and other partners to bring you the training opportunities that you need to succeed. If there is a training subject that you would like to see, let us know: training@wactd.org

Special Webinars

For recordings and contents/links of previous webinars, click HERE.

No Scheduled webinars at this time.


Upcoming Training Events

Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff

This course is one of the required Instructor Led trainings for all levels of NRCS Planning Designation/Certification.

Description: 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. 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.

Two courses will be offered:

  • July 10-12, 2018 Ephrata, WA
Ephrata Agenda (tentative, may change)
Classroom Location: Grant County Public Works Bld, 125 Enterprise St, Ephrata, WA
Field visits start in Grant County (irrigated) and end in Douglas County (dryland).
  • July 24-26, 2018 Olympia, WA
Olympia Agenda (tentative, may change)
Classroom Location: NRCS-USDA Conference Room, 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia, WA
Field visits around Thurston County.
(Class is FULL)


NRCS will also hold another training tentatively June 25-27, 2019 at the PMC in Pullman, WA for East side participants.

No prerequisites required.
Space is limited for all classes, and all new signups are on a wait list status as most classes are already full. Click here to put yourself on the registration/wait list.

For information, contact:
NRCS – Tracy Hanger |  tracy.hanger@wa.usda.gov
CD – Nichole Embertson |  nembertson@whatcomcd.org


2018 Core Training Events

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development 

This course is over for 2018! Keep your eyes on the training calendar for 2019-20 offerings.


Introduction to Conservation Planning

Coming in Fall 2018! Stay tuned for specific dates.
Let us know if you are interested in this course HERE
Your interest will help us gauge class size and location.
Space is limited, so get in your pre-registration information now!

This course is currently under a major renovation. Look for fantastic changes for 2018. Stay tuned for more information to be posted soon! We will send out an announcement and post in our newsletter. Dont get our newsletter? Sign up for it via GovDelivery HERE.


2018 CTD Training Events

No events scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for FY19 events coming soon!


Other Training Opportunities

The following are training opportunities being offered around the State. Please contact the appropriate coordinator for more information about these non-CTD sponsored training opportunities.


NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture

The NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course is now available in AgLearn (search for “Air Quality and Animal Agriculture” after you log into AgLearn). This course introduces NRCS employees and others to the air emissions associated with animal operations and provides some information on how we can help mitigate these emissions. This course is the fifth in the air quality-related series (Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy; Why Should We Care About Air Quality; Air Quality Resource Concerns; and Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration are the others), so feel free to add this course to your learning plan to learn more about air emissions associated with animal production.

The non-eAuthentication versions of the new NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course were activated on the eXtension Air Quality in Animal Agriculture page (http://articles.extension.org/pages/15538/air-quality-in-animal-agriculture - see the link to the NRCS courses at: http://articles.extension.org/pages/26362/nrcs-online-air-quality-energy-and-climate-change-courses) and on Conservation Webinars.net (http://www.conservationwebinars.net/webinars/air-quality-and-animal-agriculture). These links are now active and can be accessed by our partners, if you so choose.


National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) - *new peer-to-peer web conference series*

The National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) is excited to introduce a new peer-to-peer web conference series to support conservation planning staff and partners. Developed as part of a national priority to reinvigorate conservation planning, the interactive workshops will help to ensure that our field staff are fully engaged and have the right tools to work one-on-one with our diverse customer base.

You are invited to join in on this ongoing opportunity to communicate and share your innovative work with colleagues, nationally.

Each month, a new state will host a conversation focused on hot topics and creative solutions surrounding nationwide efforts to put conservation planning first.

Check out what is coming up next http://www.nacdnet.org/2017/07/26/new-peer-peer-web-conference-series-help-reinvigorate-conservation-planning/

Unfamiliar with NCPP?

The National Conservation Planning Partnership is made up of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), the National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), the National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA), and the National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC).

The partnership was formed in FY 2015 to emphasize the critical role that conservation planning plays in advancing voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. Since then, NCPP has worked to “Reinvigorate Conservation Planning” by implementing goals and actions that support proven approaches, offer new tools, and expand training to enhance the ability of our workforce to deliver sound conservation planning assistance.

NCPP has developed a strategy that ensures our field staff have the right expertise, are stationed in the right locations, and have enough time to work one-on-one with our diverse customer base. We have been working with the help of four subcommittees to address training gaps, technology and tools, communication needs, accountability and partnerships — to ensure we are meeting our customers’ expectations for the challenges ahead in conservation and agriculture.

Westside Pasture Calendar Training 2017

Funded in part by WSARE Professional Development Program

A multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team was awarded a PDP grant from Western SARE to host a total of eight training events in western Oregon and Washington in 2017 – 2018 focused on training ag professionals. The training is free for attendees and paid from a WSARE PDP grant. To attend you must register following the information below. The team has developed and now published the Westside Pasture Calendar as a PNW Extension Bulletin through the University of Idaho, Oregon State University and Washington State University.

The Calendar summarizes key concepts for good decision making and pasture management concepts for westside pasture and livestock producers. Training ag professional is the best means to extend the information and bring the Calendar life. With today’s professional facing limited travel and low budgets, the team approached WSARE with the idea of bringing the training to key westside locations for intensive, 8 am until 5 pm training workshops. The training events will take place November 14 – 17 at Coquille, Roseburg, Corvallis and Tillamook, OR, respectively. Starting December 5 – 8 at Mount Vernon, Port Hadlock, Olympia and Vancouver, WA, respectively, will complete this opportunity for Pasture Calendar training.

A very intensive training schedule has been developed for this one-day event. Training starts with an overview of westside pastures, Calendar overview, Calendar details 1 (macro view), Calendar details 2 (micro view), westside pasture grasses and legumes, westside soils and fertility, grazing management and animal performance, then wrapping up training with attendees participating in different westside pasture situations and challenges. Greenhouse grown seedlings of adapted grasses and legumes will be viewed during lunch and there will be multiple evaluations throughout the day. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, including lunch, all at no cost to attendees. Trainees will be provided with a pasture stick, designed for westside pasture conditions and USB drives with the Calendar, presentations and other resources uploaded.

To attend this free Calendar training and to view the agenda, please visit www.eventbrite.com and search “Pasture Calendar Training” or visit the URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-calendar-training-tickets-38046264401

The training agenda is found at the site. If you have any questions, please contact: in Oregon: Gene Pirelli (971) 612-0027; gene.pirelli@oregonstate.edu and in Washington: Steve Fransen (509) 786-9266; fransen@wsu.edu


Training Needs Survey

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