Training Opportunities - Technical Design and Concepts



Soil Sampling Instructions - Various publications and guidance regarding how to take soils samples for nutrient management, large areas as well as how to submit soils samples to the lab.  Collection of recsources  provided by NCDA&CS Agronomics Division.

Collecting Plant Tissue Samples - Developed by NDA&CS Agronmics Division.

Completing the plant Sample Information Form - Developed by NCDA&CS Agronomics Division.

Understanding the NCDA&CS Plant Analysis Report - Developed by NCDA&CS Agronomics Division.

Animal Waste Managment Refresher

This training will be a review of the basic principles of animal waste planning, work both as a group and independently on typical scenarios and calculations, discuss how to address complex planning scenarios and frequently asked questions related to waste management planning.The training is hosted by DSWC.

Cover Crops

               Under Cover Farmers of Stanly, NC; Using Diverse Cover Crops for Production and Profit -                                      Video was developed by ESRI-SC ENTSC Partnership.

East National Technology Support Center

Monthly Webinars - The ENTSC offers monthly webinars on various topics and initiatives. Topics include, but are not limited, to crop rotations, soil health, conservation planning, low water crossing for livestock, microirrigation design and many, many more. These webinars are archived so you can review trainings from 2007 to present. You will also be able to join thier webinar announcement list to be included in upcoming training events.


Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program (FEOP) - An award-winning service center within the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University's College of Natural Resources. FEOP provides a critical outreach component bringing the academic knowledge and applied research provided by the College of Natural Resources and NC Cooperative Extension Forestry to the citizens of North Carolina.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

NC NRCS GIS Webinar 1: Managing Geodata and GIS Templates - Recording of a webinar provided to NRCS Area 3 staff on January 23, 2013.

NC NRCS GIS Webinar 2: Building Planning Data and Contracts in Toolkit - Recording of a webinar delivered to NRCS Area 3 field staff on February 26th, 2013

Introduction to GIS for Conservation - Free online free course uses interactive tools to present information about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) concepts, tools, and functionality in a conservation context. The course consists of 9 modules that can be completed at your own pace. Completing the entire course will take approximately 12 hours.  Training created and hosted by the Nature Conservancy and other leading conservation partners.

Math Refresher for Conservation Planning

Common Conversions - One page guidance that will assist in converting common units used in conservation planning. 

Nutrient Management

NCSU Nutrient Management Training - In many cases, nutrient management plans must be certified to meet federal and state technical standards. In North Carolina, to become a technical specialists approved by the NC Soil & Water Conservation Commission this course is required with the exception of professional engineers.

Date: August 4-8, 2014 9am-4:30pm (Registration not available yet)

Location: Booth Field Learning Lab, 4000 Chi Road, Raleigh

*Scholarships are available for District Employees to attend.

Nutrient Management Software

Introduction to the N.C. Nutrient Management Software  - The presentation will provide background information about the software development and basic information input.

Importing Soils Reports - The presentation demonstrates how to download CSV files from the Agronomic Division website, and import the soil sample information into your plan.

Creating the Plan  - A step-by-step tutorial for creating and managing a new nutrient management plan for a typical "wet waste" system

Poultry Litter Plan - A step-by-step tutorial on writing a poultry litter nutrient management plan. This type of plan is very similar to a fertilizer-only nutrient management plan.

Templates and File Management - A step-by step tutorial for setting-up a template initially and how to manage new plan files

Lagoon Sludge Cleanout & Closure - A step-by-step tutorial for writing a lagoon cleanout and closure plan.

CNMP Producer Interview - A series of questions to be answered by interviewing the producer. Answers to these questions provide most of the information needed to write a nutrient management plan.

NMP Flowchart - A flowchart representation of the Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning Process.

PAN & Rotation - A simplified example of choosing a two year crop rotation which will utilize all of the plant available nitrogen (PAN) from an animal waste source in both years.

Organic Farming

Planning for Flexibility in Effective Crop Rotations - Webinar developed by NC Cooperative Extension

Planning a Pond

The below series of presentations were training material used during the 2014 Planning a Pond Trainings. These trainings were hosted by Angela Greene and Division staff with financial support from the NC Foundation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

Important Questions for Landowner before Designing/Building a Farm Pond

General Information - NRCS JAA and Ponds in Conservation

The Permitting Process ACOE

NC Dam Safety Permitting Process

Soils and Pond Building

EFH2 Estimating Runoff Version2

Emergency Action Plans

Pond Sediment Removal

Introduction to Sediment Survey - Video will provide overview of how to conduct a sediment survey in an agricultural pond.  Training provided by Wilson Soil and Water Conservation District staff.

Determining Side Slopes of PondsA video presentation by Daphne Cartner, DSWC Engineer

General Question and Answers - A video capturing discussions related to placing spoil behind dam, paying on receipts verses average costs, and post surveys.

DWQ Role & Perspective on Sediment RemovalA video presentation by Lauren Witherspoon, DWQ Environmental Senior Specialist

Riparian Buffers

River Courses - The NCSU Stream Restoration Program offers a series of River Course Professional development workshops to serve the needs of environmental professionals and natural resource program managers.  Such classes include but are not limited to assessment and identification of riparian vegetation and management of invasive and exotic vegetation in riparian areas.

Stewardship Monitoring Database

Entering Inspection Reports - A step by step tutorial on entering easement inspection reports in the DENR Stewardship database.

Stream Restoration

River Courses - The NCSU Stream Restoration Program offers a series of River Course Professional development workshops to serve the needs of environmental professionals and natural resource program managers.  Such classes include but are not limited to stream morphology assessment, natural channel design principals, construction practices for stream restoration.


Leveling; Field Procedures and Computations Guidance on the basics of surveying and interactive examples on keeping field notes. Created by Penn State University College of Engineering.

Leveling Example - A video for finding the elevation of a point at the end of an open traverse, when provided the elevation of a point at the beginning of the traverse, and the intermediate foresight and back sight measurements. Hosted by EngineeringVideosNet.

Differential Leveling Lab Exercise  - Developed by University of Vermont, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Working on Field Notes - Working on field notes for differential leveling the basics (paper exercise). Developed by University of Arizona.



NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559