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Research Project: Developing Training and Guidance for Use of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework

Location: Agroecosystems Management Research

Project Number: 5030-13000-011-50-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2016
End Date: Jul 31, 2018

Objective:
1. Develop training materials and videos for expanded use of the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) ArcGIS toolbox. 2. Organize and attend three training workshops to help develop and evaluate training materials. 3. Develop guidance to assist conservation planners in using ACPF results in watershed planning projects. 4. Develop advice for use of ACPF toolbox results in several midwestern states.

Approach:
1. Training materials will be based on the existing User Guide, which will be expanded to enable novice and intermediate geographical information system (GIS) users to become comfortable using the ACPF toolbox. Training videos will be based on training workshops but be produced separately and hosted on the cooperator's website, or the North Central Region Water Network website. 2. Training workshops will be held in Iowa, Wisconsin, and either Minnesota, Indiana, or Michigan. The cooperator will make arrangements to host these workshops, which will be conducted by ARS scientific and technical staff. 3. Guidance for watershed application will be developed based on a review of three watershed projects where ACPF results are being applied in watershed planning; the review will be conducted in cooperation with Purdue University. Products will include a full report, summary fact sheet, and video that summarize interviews and user experiences. 4. Watershed planning in several states will be reviewed considering state agency processes and local planning resources. A report will be produced that suggests alternatives for integrating use of the ACPF by specific state agencies.