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NTC is committed to providing information on the latest issues that affect your agricultural operations. Stay on top of trends, explore new opportunities, and learn how to keep your agricultural operations safe with our classes and workshops.

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Tractor Safety

This 24-hour program meets the requirements of Wisconsin Act 455, which requires youth under the age of 16 to hold a certificate of training in order to operate a tractor or self-propelled implement of husbandry on a public road. It also meets the child labor requirements in agriculture under the Fair Labor Standards Act, pertaining to the employment of youth ages 14-15 on farms not operated by their parents or guardians.

Nutrient Management Information

This course is designed to develop a nutrient management plan that will meet the NRCS 590 Standard requirements. Participants will enter soil test information into the software program, SNAPPlus, and will develop a plan using the data. Subjects include conservation plans, field mapping, soil test analysis, manure management and crop selection and requirements. It is highly recommended that you have current soil tests no more than four years old, sampled on a one sample per five acre basis and analyzed by a DATCP approved lab.

These courses are in partnership with the Marathon, Clark and Lincoln UW-Extension offices and the county conservation departments from Marathon, Clark and Taylor counties. Please register for the Full Course if you are new to Nutrient Management Planning. If you have already taken the Full Course in the past, please register for the Refresher Course. Family members may attend with a registered attendee at no additional charge.

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy

The Pasture-Based Dairy and Livestock Seminar will familiarize you with the development and management of pasture-based dairy and livestock farm businesses. A local facilitator will lead the seminar at each site, provide networking with area farmers and resource personnel, and conduct a discussion session each week. Topics of the seminar series include the economic, environmental, and agronomic principles of managed grazing; milking center design; dairy, beef, goat and sheep production; organic marketing and herd health; farm selection, design and remodeling; winter feeding and housing strategies; goal-setting and farm enterprise development.

During the course, students will develop their own business plan for a current or desired farm operation. The final class consists of the opportunity to present the plan to a panel of successful farmers and agricultural lenders. To attend the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers you need to have a strong desire to become a dairy or livestock farmer and managed grazing. Some previous experience in dairy or livestock agriculture is desirable.

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Current Courses

  • Operation Training
  • Seminars

Training Topics

  • Quickbooks
  • Tractor Safety
  • Herd Management
  • Nutrient Management

More Information

For more information on any of NTC’s Continuing Education offerings, please call Amanda Brzezinski, Continuing Education Assistant, at 715.803.1965 or email ce@ntc.edu.