What is TechReg?
TechReg is the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Internet site for the Technical Service Provider (TSP) Program. Individuals interested in providing conservation technical assistance to farmers and ranchers on behalf of NRCS use this site to register and become certified. The site also provides NRCS customers information about how to find certified TSPs. TechReg supports the NRCS commitment to citizen-centered electronic government and for serving the public more effectively and efficiently through electronic means.
Who are Technical Service Providers and what can they do?
The 2008 Farm Bill authorized NRCS to use TSPs. The public’s interest to do conservation work and the government’s financial commitment to conservation are both at historic levels. The TSP Program extends the reach of conservation to help meet these demands. NRCS and conservation partners are committed to providing technical and financial conservation service to customers more quickly and efficiently. TSPs represent a new industry of certified professionals from the private sector, non-profit organizations, and public agencies that can provide direct technical assistance and deliver conservation activities in support of this commitment.
Technical assistance includes conservation planning and design, layout, installation, and checkout of approved conservation practices. NRCS and conservation districts have traditionally provided these technical services, and will continue to do so. Now, the NRCS has the ability to provide financial assistance to producers for technical assistance provided by certified TSPs. For details on technical service categories and certification criteria, click here.
Interested in becoming a Technical Service Provider?
Find out how to become a Technical Service Provider by checking out the TechReg-Step by Step Guide with instructions on how to obtain a user ID and password.
The TSP Program allows farmers and ranchers to select from a number of TSPs to help meet their conservation needs. NRCS is committed to ensuring quality conservation technical assistance from the TSP Program for all its customers.
TSP Policy (as of August 2010) — The TSP policy is now online. It provides guidance to NRCS employees on how to conduct the Technical Service Provider process. Select here to view.