Published on 09/27/12

Conservation workshop kicks off online course

A classroom and field workshop focusing on how to develop a conservation reserve program plan is set for Oct. 23, 2012 on the University of Georgia campus in Tifton, Ga.

The class is part of the Conservation Reserve Program Readiness Initiative (CRPRI) and is co-sponsored by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The workshop, “CRP Plan: Start to Finish,” is part of the national CRP Readiness Initiative’s nationwide effort to train conservation professionals and independent consultants. The goal is to prepare these professional to provide the planning, implementation and management services associated with the Conservation Reserve Program.

Participants will learn the CRP conservation planning process step by step, including how to develop NRCS-required maps, use online tools to evaluate soils, choose the best conservation practices, assess installation and maintenance specifications and develop a timeline so landowners can meet all CRP program requirements.

The conservation trainings offered through the CRPRI will also be useful to conservation professionals working in other NRCS conservation programs outside of CRP. Professionals from nonprofits, conservation districts and state agencies with ties to NRCS would also benefit from the course.

Additional online courses will be available in October through the CRPRI website,

To register for the Georgia workshop or online courses, or to learn more, visit Directions to the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center can be found at

For more information on the workshop or the online classes, contact David Ferrell, CRP Readiness Initiative southern media contact, at (912) 337-5548 or