Advanced Conservation Drainage Training

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Advanced Conservation Drainage Training provides intensive classroom and hands-on training for drainage designers, contractors, farmers, farmer advisors, retailers, and conservation practitioners to better understand the implementation and functioning of edge of field practices. Topics covered include not only technical details on planning, designing and construction, but also an introduction on why the practices are needed, the science behind why they work, the programs available for helping farmers implement them, and training on messaging, communication, and outreach to farmers on the benefits of a whole system approach to drainage.

ARE YOU A FARM MANAGER OR DRAINAGE COMMISSIONER INTERESTED IN NEW OPTIONS FOR MANAGING TILE SYSTEMS?

ARE YOU A CONTRACTOR OR ENGINEER WHO WORKS WITH CLIENTS TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE CONCERNS?
ARE YOU A CONSERVATION PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED IN EFFORTS TO REDUCE AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT LOSSES?

The Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Advanced Conservation Drainage Training Program. Our unique training program brings together diverse members of the agricultural and drainage communities and provides them with knowledge, tools, and connections to make conservation drainage an integral part of tile installation and farm management. As someone who is already engaged in agricultural drainage and/or nutrient loss reduction issues, this training will enhance your own professional development and will help our partners expand the network of qualified conservation drainage professionals who are catalyzing Illinois’s progress toward water quality, environmental sustainability and production system resiliency goals.

Our 2019 training series will focus on three conservation drainage practices: saturated buffers, constructed wetlands, and drainage water management. Through classroom exercises, field demonstrations, and expert-led discussions, participants will learn about the science behind how each practice works, gain technical knowledge associated with siting, designing, and constructing conservation drainage practices, and develop strategies to successfully implement practices while overcoming common administrative challenges. We are recruiting a diverse cadre of trainees (drainage contractors, farmers, engineers, agency experts, crop consultants, etc.) to enhance the learning experience and create a strong, continuing network of regional experts.

Specific questions on the training can be directed to Adrienne Marino, Program Coordinator (adrienne.marino@tnc.org, 309-636-3322) or to Keegan Kult, Training Facilitator (kkult@admc.org).

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TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS OF SMART WETLANDS AND TO INFORM FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS ABOUT HOW THESE WETLANDS COULD WORK ON THEIR FARM, TWI RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE WWW.SMARTWETLANDS.FARM WEBSITE.

Our launched website outlines the criteria used to determine if a Smart Wetland is right for a particular tile-drainage system, features photos and engineering designs of two operating Smart Wetlands, reviews the 4-step Process PDF Document TWI uses to design and install the practice, demonstrates how natural processes remove nitrogen and phosphorus from drainage water, and offers suggestions on how to finance the construction of a Smart Wetland.

Stay up-to-date on ISAP's events page for details!