August 2018

Training Calendar

Please visit our website for more training opportunities:

Soil Health Classes in 2019

You may be aware that NRCS had to cancel its series of Soil Health and Sustainability Trainings this year. While this is unfortunate, it also had the benefit of allowing us to get creative with course structure AND negotiate add three extra classes for 2019. This is to your benefit! However, to justify adding so many extra events, NRCS needs to gauge interest. If you are looking to take one of the Soil Health classes in 2019 (required for all levels of NRCS Planner Designation), please indicate your interest via the Google Form link below. This will also act as a pre-registration form, which is on a first-come-first-serve basis. These classes where in high demand this year, so please pre-register to ensure you get a spot.

Pre-registration form link:

The new 2019 course structure will include an introductory week of daily 2-hour mandatory webinars the week preceding the 2-day classroom/field portion of the training. This cuts down on travel and hopefully increases your understanding of the material by giving you a week long ramp into the subject matter.

The 2019 course field dates and locations (exact location TBD) will be:


April 2-3, 2019 (Thurston/Pierce) (March 25-29, 2019 webinar series)

April 4-5, 2019 (Whatcom/Skagit) (March 25-29, 2019 webinar series)


June 11-12, 2019 (Grant/Douglas) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)

June 13-14, 2019 (Grant/Douglas) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)


July 16-17, 2019 (Whitman - Pullman) (July 8-12, 2019 webinar series)

July 18-19 (Whitman - Pullman) (July 8-12, 2019 webinar series)

Please let us know if you have any questions in regards to these rescheduled training events. This is the early stage of registration and as more details become available in early 2019 (i.e., exact locations, travel arrangements, webinar login, etc.), they will be provided. At this point, simply pre-register and save the date for the daily webinars and field days.

For questions, please contact:

Nichole Embertson

Center for Technical Development



Featured Program: Foster Creek CD's Direct Seed Program

FCCD’s ongoing Direct Seed program is helping to address some of the county-wide water quality and soil erosion issues by providing cost share to producers who are converting from conventional tillage to direct seed systems. The program offers a $28 per acre cost-share for up to 250 acres, and extends over three full crop rotations for a total of 750 acres. The program goal is to assist producers with costs relating to renting direct seed equipment or hiring a local contractor to custom seed their land.

To date, producers participating in the first two sign-ups have direct seeded over 4,800 eligible cost-share acres, not including additional acres above and beyond the total target of 750 acres per participant.

Featured Photo

Sunny Ellensburg, By Kelly Verd, Lewis County Conservation District

Dairy Nutrient Management Penalty Grant: Request for Proposals

Consider applying for a grant through the Dairy Nutrient Management Program’s Penalty Grant Account.

WSDA administers the Livestock Nutrient Management Account, funded by penalties collected under the Dairy Nutrient Management Program. The account aims to assist livestock operations complying with state and federal water quality laws by providing grants to local conservation districts, universities, or other interested parties carrying out research or providing education opportunities. Because only dairy penalties are collected for the account, the grant program focuses on projects that relate to dairy operations, rather than more broadly to all livestock.

Research and education proposals may address either regional or statewide issues regarding nutrient management or effects to surface or groundwater from dairy nutrient management activities.

Grants up to $5,000 may be used for research or education to help dairies achieve compliance with state and federal water quality laws.

Proposals are due close of business, August 17, 2018.

Click here to download the application.

If you have questions, please contact Chery Sullivan at 360-902-1928 or by email at

Opportunity to Provide Comment on ECY's Stormwater Management Manual

Ecology is pleased to announce the release of the Draft 2019 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW) for public comment. Also, in August 2018 the Draft 2019 Municipal Stormwater Permits are scheduled to be released for public comment.

We’re Looking for Your Feedback

The comment period (for both the Draft 2019 SWMMWW and the Draft 2019 Municipal Stormwater Permits) will end on November 14, 2018. The front page of the manual has information for how to submit your comments on the manual.


Amanda Heye, P.E.

Technical Editor

For more information, please visit the SWMMWW website.

AgLearn Log-In Reminder

This is a friendly reminder to all of those with AgLearn accounts to remember to log in to your account at least once a month to maintain access. If you are updating to Windows 10, take note that there have been some issues with AgLearn and Windows 10 that requires more frequent log-ins -- every 20 days -- to keep your account active. Regular logins are the best way to avoid issues with your AgLearn account!

Washington Fun Facts

In 2016, Washington agriculture production was over $10.6 billion; with Washington farmers producing over 300 different commodities. 63% of Washington farms are less than 50 acres!

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