Agricultural Fence Design (NRCS Standard 382)

A guide to designing and inspecting fences for agricultural conservation. And othe stuff.
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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


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


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 this course is for:

  • 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.


Conservation Planning, Design & Implementation across NY!
Tim Clark
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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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