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Technical Service Providers (TSP)

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TSP Overview

The 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. The objective is to help support the landowner and support conservation goals. Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals or businesses that have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities. TSPs are hired by farmers, ranchers, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies to provide these services on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additional information about TSPs, policy, certification, how to find a TSP, etc. can be found on the USDA-NRCS National Technical Service Provider (TechReg) website.

How to Become a TSP

Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience, coursework, and plans reviewed. For more information about how to become a TSP go to the National Technical Service Provider (TechReg) website and click on the big green button named “Become a TSP” or visit the Step-by-Step Guide for Registering as a TSP webpage.

There are various forms of training available: NRCS online and in-person training, approved online training, and partnered institutions (see below):

Specifics for Iowa

Find state specific information in the Iowa State Specific Training Module and on the Iowa NRCS webpage. Once any training is completed, TSPs must send in a copy of their certificates and/or licenses to the State TSP Coordinator. TSPs must also be able to verify their work history or education illustrating their knowledge, skills, and abilities pertaining to each category they are requesting certification.

Additional information about state laws can be located on the Iowa DNR webpage.

Cap Information, Programs, and Payments

A conservation activity plan (CAP) is a specialized and detailed plan designed to address concerns associated with a narrowly defined resource. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) supports payments for practices involving the development of CAPs. For more information on EQIP, CAPs, practice standards, and payments please visit the following links:

TSP Tools

Important TSP Contacts

TSP Contacts in Iowa

TSP Coordinator eAuthentication Coordinator
Kevin Kuhn
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4370
Jaia Fischer
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4353