Technical Service Providers (TSP)
The Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to help professionals interested in providing technical assistance to landowners and farmers under one of the Farm Bill conservation programs.
Wisconsin TSP Training Sessions (June 2016)
In June 2016; three training sessions were held in Wisconsin to provide training and guidance on TSP policies and procedures and conservation planning requirements. The following materials were presented during the training sessions:
Beginning October 1, 2016; the NRCS-CPA-52 (Section A through P) shall be required to be completed, signed, and submitted by the TSP for any Conservation Plan or Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) developed by the TSP.
Please see the following NRCS Wisconsin Instruction document regarding Conservation Activity Plan requirements for Fiscal Year 2017:
TSP Performance Reporting
TSP’s are responsible for reporting the technical services they perform. In order to document TSP accomplishments, TSPs must provide the following information within 30 days of completion of work:
- TSP Name
- Customer Name
- Location of Work (State, county, Land Tract Identifier)
- Land Use
- Practice Name, Amount, and Units
- Service type (i.e. Planning, Design, Installation, Checkout
The reporting form will indicate that the technical services provided by the TSP:
- Comply with all applicable Federal, State, Tribal, and local laws and requirements.
- Meet applicable NRCS conservation practice standards, specifications, and program requirements.
- Are consistent with and meet the particular conservation program goals and objectives
- Incorporate, where appropriate, low-cost alternatives that address the resource concern.
Within 30 days of completion of work, submit the completed worksheet by email to: WI.NRCS.Technical@wi.usda.gov
TSP Informational Updates
9/28/2016: NRCS will be hosting a TSP forestry training session on Monday, October 24th in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Andy Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org). The following is a copy of the Agenda:
9/1/2016: There is a known issue with AgLearn performance (i.e. slow speed) due to current high volume of use. Initiating trainings early or late in the day may potentially result in improved system access speed. Also some users are experiencing problems with exams and evaluations. There have been some reports of exams or evaluations not being available after completing a course. We have been told that for those parts of the courses, the issue can be avoided if the user has the screen zoomed to 100%. If the screen is viewed at something less or more than 100%, it can cause the screen to not come up. Adjusting the screen scale to 100% may fixed the issue. For assistance with AgLearn issues or problems please contact the AgLearn Help Desk: AgLearnHelp@genphysics.com or by telephone at 1-866-633-9394. For assistance with eAuthentication ID or password, please contact the eAuthentication Help Desk at eAuthHelpDesk@ftc.usda.gov or at (800) 457-3642.
8/30/2016: The Wisconsin EQIP FY 2017 “Cookbook” is anticipated to be finalized in December 2016. The document provides a list of the conservation practices and associated scenarios eligible in FY 2017 for EQIP in Wisconsin. The document also identifies the payment rates for each scenario, applicable payment limits, lifespan of practices, contracting guidance, and eligible resource concerns. The document will be posted in the Wisconsin Electronic Field Office Technical Guide in Section I in the folder titled “EQIP Cookbook”.
For more information on TSP in Wisconsin, contact Eric Allness, TSP Coordinator for NRCS in Wisconsin at email@example.com or 608-662-4422 ext. 246.