Webinar instructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Please log into the webinar 15 – 30 minutes before start time.

Monday, November 20, 2023 
11:00 am – 2:00 pm CST

Agenda Highlights:

  • What is healthy soil?
  • General benefits of soil health/issues with unhealthy soils
  • Soil quality and indicators
  • How soil indicators are measured in field and lab
  • Developing living soils
  • Increasing plant diversity
  • Maintaining soil cover
  • Reducing soil disturbance
  • Cover crops
  • Impacts of soil disturbance
  • Managing plant nutrients
  • Common urban resource concerns
  • Urban conservation practices
  • NRCS urban programs

Webinar Instructions

All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

Webinars are presented via GoToWebinar, an easy-to-use application that can be run on most systems and tablets. Instructions and login information will be provided in an email sent close to the date of the webinar. It is highly recommended that you download, install and test the application before the webinar begins by clicking on the link in the email.

GoToWebinar App requirements:
Windows 7 – 10 or Mac OSX Mavericks (10.9) – macOS Catalina (10.15)

Web Browser:
The two most recent version of the following browsers:
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer v11 (or later) with Flash enabled

Internet connection: Minimum of 1Mbps       Hardware: 2GB RAM or more

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Professional Engineers:
3.0 PDHs

Landscape Architects:
3.0 HSW CE Hours

3.0 HSW PDHs*

*Live course approval. Pre-approval for on-demand format may be available upon request.
**Live course approval. Not approved for on-demand format.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 3.0 PDHs for professional engineers and 3.0 HSW continuing education hours for landscape architects in all states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and landscape architects via its registration with the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. Most other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System has approved this course for 3.0 HSW PDHs. Only full participation is reportable to the LA CES. 

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate. The following pre-approvals may be available for the on-demand format upon request:

3.0 HSW PDHs (LA CES) 


Meagan Hynes, PhD, CPSS

Talus Soil Consulting

Ms. Hynes, began her professional training with a Bachelor of Science in Botany from Oregon State University. For graduate school, she decided to “dig” deeper and explore the below ground environment. She obtained her Doctorate of Philosophy at University of California, Davis in Soils and Biogeochemistry in 2009. She has worked as a consulting soil scientist since 2010 and obtained her Certified Professional Soil Scientist certification in 2013. She began her own company “Talus Soil Consulting” in 2014. During this time she also began teaching at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB).  From 2020-23, Meagan  was an adjunct research faculty at CSUMB for a project implementing healthy soil practices. Currently, her teaching has focused on soil management. To keep her sanity outside of work, Meagan enjoys hiking and mountain biking.

Nathan Jones

State Soil Scientist

After a short time working construction and in law enforcement, Nathan Jones finished his degree in Environmental Soil Science at the University of Georgia.  He started working for NRCS in Wyoming in 2006 mapping soils on an initial soil survey crew.  In 2010, Mr. Jones and his family then moved to South Dakota where he worked on updating soil survey information until he was selected as the State Soil Scientist in 2014.  Mr. Jones is responsible for anything soil and soil health related across the state.  He enjoys teaching most anywhere, but especially at the local middle school where he talks each fall about soil and why we need to take care of it.  He and his wife have four children, only one left at home now.  They enjoy pretty much anything related to the outdoors.

Annie Konjevoda

State Urban Conservation Program Manager (California)

Ms. Konjevoda has been with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since 2018, first as a student intern in Waite Park office in Minnesota. After graduation, Annie joined the Peace Corps and served in Senegal as an Agroforestry volunteer. She came on full time with the agency in 2020 after her time in Senegal. Annie started her career in Puyallup, WA where she served as a Soil Conservationist. Annie later moved on to Fresno, CA where she also served as a Soil Conservationist. During her career with NRCS, she has had the opportunity to gain experience working in various agricultural settings from as small as 0.25 acre farms to operations over 1,000 acres. Annie has worked on various landscapes – crop, forestry, dairies, range, pasture etc. Most of her planning experience is from working with small scale producers in urban areas outside of Tacoma and Seattle. There she worked on a variety of different projects – agricultural waste, soil health, forestry, wildlife habitat and more. Annie recently started as the State Urban Conservation Program Manager in Davis California this June and am excited to take on this new role.

Hudson Minshew

State Conservation Agronomist

Mr. Minshew serves as California State Conservation Agronomist (2016-present) for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Hudson holds an M.S. in soil science from Oregon State University, and a B.S. in molecular biology from Humboldt State University.  He is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS) and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).  He provides agronomic technical support to California NRCS field employees, including nutrient and pest management, water quality, soil health and soil erosion.  Minshew’s career with the USDA includes serving as a soil microbiology research technician with USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Oregon, a Water Quality Extension Specialist at Oregon State. He also served as the NRCS Hawaii and Pacific Islands Area Water Quality Specialist in Hawaii and as the NRCS District Conservationist in Los Angeles County.  

USB MP4/PDF Price: $169.00


Before undertaking any on-demand effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity. It’s your responsibility to determine whether or not this on-demand course meets your continuing education requirements.

You must take and pass a quiz in order to receive credit. You can take the quiz as many times as needed and there is no time limit on the quiz. Once the quiz is completed, you will be asked to download your certificate.

Videos that qualify for AIA, LACES, ASLA, or CLARB credit will require an extra week for processing.

Streamable MP4/PDF

Available approximately 1 week after the date of the live event or the date of your order, whichever is later.

To track your purchase you will need to create an account on the website using the email address used for your registration.

The video will have occasional question prompts that will not allow the video to progress unless they are answered. You will not be able to skip forward while watching the video.

If you attempt to resume watching the video on a separate device, your progress will not be saved.

Click the link which appears at the end of the video to be taken to the course quiz.


HalfMoon will mail these materials via USPS. Please allow 2 weeks from the date of purchase to receive your product. If the live seminar is in the future, please allow 5 weeks from the date of the live seminar.

The link to the quiz will be available in a PDF in your USB drive marked QUIZ.

HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.

Please contact HalfMoon Education if you have any questions during the process of taking this course. (715) 835-5900 or