Agricultural Fence Design (NRCS Standard 382)

A guide to designing and inspecting fences for agricultural conservation. And othe stuff.
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

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.   

What are the requirements?

  • You should be familiar with how fences are used in agriculture, including access control, laneways, buffers, and pastures.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand how Fences can benefit soil and water conservation
  • Choose good locations for agricultural fences
  • Inspect installed fences for defects
  • Write fence specifications for contract documents

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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Section 1: Introduction
How to use this course
Section 2: Fence Materials

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.


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.  


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

Electric Fences
High Tensile Steel Wire
Barbed Wire

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

Electro Plastic Twine (Polywire) & Electrified Ribbon
Section 3: Design and Build a Fence

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.  

12 questions

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.  

Writing good specs
Simple High Tensile Layout
Complex High Tensile Layout
Course Project

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Instructor Biography

Tim Clark, 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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