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Technical Service Providers (TSP)

Iowa's Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to help professionals provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers under one of the Farm Bill conservation programs. Why Become a Certified TSP?

The demand for technical assistance to do conservation work, including conservation planning and design, installation and checkout of approved conservation practices, is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS. Iowa's Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to provide assistance to agricultural professionals who wish to provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers. Additional information on TSP registration and certification is found on this page as well as on the USDA/NRCS TechReg website.

How to Become a TSP

Use the tools provided below to complete the TSP registration and certification process, as well as to identify and complete the required NRCS online training. Instructions for establishing an e-government account are available on this page. Once you establish your e-government account, you must visit your local USDA Service Center where your identity will be validated using a picture ID. (See a map and find NRCS offices in Iowa.). Once your account has been activated, you will be able to log-in to TechReg using the user ID and password you created. 

Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience and training criteria. NRCS has online training available at AgLearn to assist you in meeting TSP category requirements. Instructions for AgLearn registration are available on this page. National certification requirements for some TSP categories may include completion of state-specific classroom training.  

TSP certification information, checklists and fact sheets are available below. You may begin the registration process through the TechReg website at http://techreg.usda.gov.

Producer Reimbursement for Using TSP Services

A program participant is always given the option of utilizing the services of a TSP, however, reimbursement for part, or all, of the cost of hiring a TSP is dependent upon available funding. In addition, the program participant must hire a service provider who has completed the USDA/NRCS TSP certification process, is certified in the correct category, and has completed the certification process prior to the commencement of work activities.

The Animal Manure Management Monthly newsletter (PDF) contains news updates issues impacting TSPs working with nutrient management planning, writing CNMPs and DNR planning.

New Version of RUSLE2

Base Database vs Database Update files:

  1. The base database, such as Base_NRCS_Moses_01292015, is more complete than the database update file and has all of the parameters necessary to run RUSLE2 except local data, including climate, soils, and crop management templates. When there is a major change in database, such as CMZs, soils, operations, or vegetations, particularly deletions, it is recommended to archive the working moses database and build a new working moses database. The active database in RUSLE2 becomes the current base database into which local soils, climates, CMZs, and c folder managements, profiles, worksheets and plans are imported.
  2. The database update file, such as NRCS_Moses_updates_030104to01292015.gdb, is not a complete database but only contains new additions and edits since the initial release of RUSLE2 and therefore must be imported into the current local database using the database\import function in RUSLE2. This file should never be used as the starting database since incomplete. It is only used to import into a base database or working Moses database.

TSP Contacts in Iowa

TSP Coordinator eAuthentication Coordinator
Eric Hurley
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4370
eric.hurley@ia.usda.gov
Jaia Fischer
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4353
jaia.fischer@ia.usda.gov

TSP Resources

Several courses required for TSP certification have been removed from the AgLearn website so that they can be updated. The following link will provide directions for accessing those courses. Be sure to follow the directions and print out a certificate of completion.  (PDF, 22 KB)