NB_190_21_11 - NB 190-21-11 ECS – Online Grazing Management Courses
NB 190-21-11 ECS – Online Grazing Management Courses
National Bulletin: 190-21-11 Date: March 8, 2021
Subject: ECS – Online Grazing Management Courses

Action Requested By:   March 26, 2021
Purpose.   To notify personnel and solicit enrollment in two online and self-paced grazing management courses: Grazing 101 and Recordkeeping. Both courses are being offered by the National Grazing Lands Coalition (NatGLC).   
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2021
Background.   NatGLC is a nationwide consortium of individuals and organizations working together to maintain and improve the management and the health of our Nation’s private and public grazing lands. NatGLC is driven by agricultural producers and conservation-oriented organizations for the benefit of America’s grazing lands resource.

Explanation.   NatGLC and NRCS have a mutual interest in assisting private grazing landowners to improve and maintain their lands and natural resources voluntarily by highlighting and working on grazing lands issues. As part of a Conservation Collaboration Agreement between NRCS and NatGLC, two online and self-paced grazing management courses are being offered to NRCS employees to enhance technical assistance to our customers. Both courses are introductory level and are ideal for NRCS employees working in rangeland and/or pastureland that do not have an academic background in grazing management, or for experienced employees who would like to refresh their knowledge in the subject with current scientific research.

Grazing 101 and Recordkeeping courses will be available for online enrollment from April 1, 2021, through July 31, 2021. All course work must be completed by July 31, 2021. Each course will be open to 100 NRCS employees and there is no enrollment fee. The same two courses will also be available during the same timeframe in 2022.

Grazing 101 - Brief Course Outline (attachment B):
     • Why and How Animals Graze
     • Why Care About Grazing Management
     • Principles of Grazing Management
     • Math of Grazing Management
     • Grazing Systems
     • Grazing Planning
     • Real Life Scenarios
     • Design or Modify Your Grazing Plan

Recordkeeping – Brief Course Outline (attachment C):
     • What Can You Do with Records You Keep
     • What Records to Keep & Why
     • How to Collect the Data
     • How to Record, Store, & Analyze Data
     • Real Life Scenarios
     • Design or Modify Your Record Keeping & Analysis

States and other administrative areas should complete the attached form, “NatGLC Grazing Courses Signup” (attachment A), and return it to Julie DePue, Ecological Sciences Division (ESD), by email to julie.depue@usda.gov by close of business on March 26, 2021, with “NatGLC Grazing Courses Signup” as the subject line. Approved employees will be notified with course registration instructions. If there are over 100 employees requesting to attend a single course, approvals will be delegated to States or centers.

Contact.   For further information, please contact National Grazing Lands Coordinator, Michael Margo, at (817) 509-3308, or michael.margo@usda.gov.


Deputy Chief for Science and Technology 

Attachment A – NatGLC Grazing Courses Signup

Attachment B – Grazing 101 Course Outline

Attachment C – Recordkeeping Course Outline

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