Dr. Thomas M. Bass, MT-Chapter SWCS President, is seeking our assistance to promote a 2-day CRP workshop serving eastern CO and OK panhandle. Information regarding who is eligible to attend, what, when, where, and how much, is provided in the message below. I encourage as many of you who are eligible to attend and spread the information to others.
The National Conservation Professionals Training Program (at U of Wisconsin), MSU Extension and local partners present: the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Readiness Initiative.
The CRP Readiness Initiative is a program sponsored by NRCS, nationally, to train additional conservation and agricultural professionals at a local/state level to provide services associated with CRP planning, implementation, and management. Colorado and Oklahoma were identified as a CRP priority states with a predicted high workload. Agricultural and conservation professionals interested in working with CRP, as contractors, are invited to attend this two-day training. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with a project mentor, participate in online forums and webinars, and sign up for free supplemental training courses as needed.
Upon course completion, participants will be familiar with the processes and procedures necessary to develop conservation plans for CRP, as well as CRP background procedures and administration by the USDA-Farm Service Agency. The steps to becoming officially registered/qualified as a TSP or other contractor will be covered (participating in this program does not guarantee you will be contracted by USDA, partner organization, or a landowner). CEUs are under review for Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Range Management Consultants, and Certified Foresters; please let us know if we may facilitate applying for additional or alternate CEUs, on your behalf.
WHO: crop advisors, conservation consultants, conservation NGOs, retired conservation agency staff, and other professionally qualified persons
WHAT: 2-Day Conservation Reserve Program Workshop
WHEN: April 18-19, 2012
WHERE: Hampton Inn, La Junta, CO (use name “CRP Readiness” for blocked rooms, 27800 US Hwy 50, La Junta, Colorado, USA 81050, Tel: 1-719-384-4444)
HOW MUCH: Course is free and lunches are provided. Attendees are responsible for their lodging and other travel expenses.
WHY: Become qualified to work on behalf of USDA-NRCS as a Technical Service Provider (TSP), or other contracted consultant, with the Conservation Reserve Program. Receive CEUs for your professional registrations (Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs), Certified Range Management Consultants (CRMCs w/ SRM), and Society of American Foresters have been submitted for review and determination; we will facilitate getting alternate CEUs for soil, water and environmental topics)
Visit: http://conservation-training.uwex.edu/crpworkshops, for more information or to register.
Promotion assistance provided by Soil and Water Conservation Society chapters; oversight and planning assistance provided by USDA-NRCS and USDA-FSA offices in CO and OK.
Thomas M. “Tommy” Bass
Livestock Environment Associate Specialist
Montana State University Extension
223 Animal Bioscience Building
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
CRP Readiness FAQ
CRP Readiness Overview