Watershed Applications of ACPF: Training Workshop

Calling all watershed coordinators and planners!

We are hosting a training workshop specifically designed for you on the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework or ACPF April 1st and 2nd in Nashua, Iowa.

At the workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What ACPF is and how it fits into water resource planning and implementation
  • How the ACPF can improve the effectiveness of your conservation work
  • How to explain the details of the assumptions behind each of the ACPF tools to farmers and community stakeholders
  • How to use ACPF output maps to engage diverse stakeholders
  • And much more

No GIS or ACPF expertise is needed.  In addition to watershed coordinators, this training is perfect for supervisors, decision-makers and private consultants who work closely with watershed practitioners.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work alongside instructors to develop a work-plan for incorporating ACPF into their work. Check out the draft agenda.


Registration is just $40! Space is limited so make sure to sign-up before it’s too late. Registration ends Wednesday, March 20th. 

Instructors and Sponsors

The workshop is funded by a US EPA grant to the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, University of Wisconsin Extension, and Purdue University, in cooperation with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

Additional support provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with Iowa Soybean Association, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Andy Asell
Andy has served as the Geographic Information Systems Analyst for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Watershed Improvement Section (DNR-WIS). He provides technical assistance to many of Iowa’s agricultural and urban water quality programs administered by the DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture Land Stewardship, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Watershed Management Authorities, universities, local levels of government, watershed groups as well as engineering consultant firms. His analyses regularly involve GIS modeling which prioritize sites for the implementation of best management practices. He also served as an initial tester of the ACPF prior to its initial release. Prior to joining the DNR-WIS, he served 12 years as a GIS Analyst in the DNR’s GIS Section in Iowa City. There he assisted in the planning and processing of Iowa’s LiDAR Project and managed the compilation of Iowa’s Historic Aerial Photography datasets. Andy received a B.S. in Geography from the University of Iowa.

Jamie Benning
Jamie is the Water Quality Program Manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach where she coordinates extension program activities, connecting water researchers and external partners and stakeholders to support water quality improvement efforts throughout the state.

Adam Kiel
Adam is the operations manager of water resources at Iowa Soybean Association. Kiel provides leadership, operational support and staff management for diverse water resources, watershed planning and environmental projects including development of action plans and EPS program development. He manages EPS efforts in watershed planning, assessment and monitoring activities. Kiel works closely with farmer groups in Iowa watersheds to focus on improving resource conservation, environmental performance and profitability. Prior to joining ISA in 2013, Kiel worked for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in watershed improvement.

Ann Lewandowski,
Ann is a Research and Outreach Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center where she collaborates with partners around the Midwest to develop training and support resources for the ACPF. Ann has 20 years of experience coordinating research and outreach projects to advance water resources management in agricultural landscapes.

Dr. Joe Magner
Joe is a hydrologist, hydrogeologist, and soil scientist at the University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and formerly with the MN Pollution Control Agency. Joe has served as an environmental scientist and educator for over 38 years, and consulted on water resource planning and implementation approaches in numerous watersheds in Indiana and Minnesota. Currently, Joe is focused on treatment train BMPs from the field into streams and rivers.