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New Agreement to Help Iowa Farmers Implement Conservation

Judy Martinson

Jay Mar (left) and Tim Sexton shake hands after sign an MOU as partnership organizations.

Ames, IA, Sept. 6, 2013—State Conservationist Jay T. Mar signed an agreement today with the Technical Service Provider Network (TSPN), which will help USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) more efficiently develop and implement conservation plans for Iowa farmers.

Judy Martinson, who serves as the Iowa NRCS liaison to the TSPN, says the new memorandum of understanding (MOU) will increase the availability of technical service to Iowa farmers and landowners. “The MOU helps the two groups define their respective responsibilities and expectations,” she said. “TSPN and Iowa NRCS share a common interest in the wise use and management of natural resources as well as improving educational and work opportunities for TSPs.”

The MOU says, in effect, that Iowa NRCS will provide a liaison to the TSPN (Martinson), along with information and support to technical service providers so they understand NRCS technical requirements and are aware of information available to them.

The MOU signing was part of the TSPN’s annual meeting, which included training on NRCS nutrient management and engineering requirements. “The meeting is also an opportunity for technical service providers to interact and discuss current topics related to their fields of expertise, learn more about the TSPN, and to explore growth opportunities for the next year,” said Martinson.

For more information about becoming or hiring a technical service provider in Iowa, call Judy Martinson at 515-284-4370. Visit the Iowa NRCS website at for more information.

Judy Martinson, Iowa NRCS TSP Coordinator
Phone: 515-284-4370