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Agricultural Fence Design (NRCS Standard 382)

A guide to designing and inspecting fences for agricultural conservation. And othe stuff.
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Created by Tim Clark
Last updated 8/2016
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 9 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

I designed this course to help soil and water conservation professionals understand how agricultural fencing contributes to environmental conservation, and how it is installed on the landscape.  I cover high tensile steel, barbed wire, and woven wire fences.  We will also cover how electric fences work.  

Design and Estimate Fencing for Conservation Projects

  • Discover why high tensile steel has become so popular
  • Understand the difference between woven and welded wire
  • Write a great construction specification for you project
  • Learn how electric fence circuits are connected

Make sure your fences are constructed correctly

We'll examine the existing NY NRCS state specifications and discuss how to adapt them to your own project.  You'll work through 2 fencing scenarios and estimate quantities fore each one.  Then you'll complete and more advanced final project and submit it to me for grading.  Students who complete the final project qualify for Conservation Approval Authority in New York State.   

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for soil and water district staff, NRCS staff, private planners, and engineers looking for the basics on permanent fences. No prior experience with fencing is required. This course will not cover rotational grazing or how to set up paddocks for pasture systems.
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Understand how Fences can benefit soil and water conservation
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Write fence specifications for contract documents
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  • You should be familiar with how fences are used in agriculture, including access control, laneways, buffers, and pastures.
Curriculum For This Course
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1 Lecture 01:20
How to use this course
Fence Materials
9 Lectures 37:43

Getting the end brace is the key to long lasting fences, and the H-brace is the most used style for fencing in New York.

The H-Brace

Wood, metal, plastic and fiberglass: all you'll ever need to know about fence posts!


What to do when a you need to place a post in weak soil.  

Posts in Weak Soil

Staples, pins, and insulators - what are they and what do they do?

Fence Hardware

Electric Fences

High Tensile Steel Wire

Barbed Wire

A brief discussion of woven wire, differences with welded wire, and what gauge wire is needed.

Woven Wire

Electro Plastic Twine (Polywire) & Electrified Ribbon
Design and Build a Fence
5 Lectures 05:42

This lecture introduces the two NY NRCS fencing specifications.  In addition, you'll need to review NY Technical note 38, which covers number of fence strands or boards for different animals.  

The NY NRCS Fence Specs

This is an open book quiz - refer back to the specs while you're answering, and you'll be learn where the most used info is found in each one.  

12 questions

Writing good specs

Simple High Tensile Layout

Complex High Tensile Layout

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About the Instructor
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Conservation Planning, Design & Implementation across NY!

Tim is a NY State Registered Professional Engineer with a diverse background in agricultural conservation, civil/site design, railway design, aviation design, and highway design. He is currently the State Engineer for the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee housed at the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, where he is dedicated to improving the planning, design, and construction of conservation practices across New York State.

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