Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals, private businesses, non-profit organizations, or public agencies outside of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that help agricultural producers apply conservation practices on the land. These NRCS-certified professionals provide for convenient access to technical services, quality work, and professional one-on-one technical assistance to landowners or producers who participate in USDA conservation programs.
TSPs and Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Opportunities
The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) authorizes the use of financial assistance funds from the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) to develop Conservation Activity Plans (CAP). NRCS in Maine plans to offer "cost-share" to eligible EQIP clients for the development of any of eight CAPS, to be carried out by Technical Service Providers.
The Technical Criteria required to be in a CAP can be found at the Maine NRCS’ Field Office Technical Guide. After clicking anywhere on the Maine map, go to the far left on the next screen and click on "Section III", then click on "E. Conservation Activity Plans Technical Criteria". Proceed to click on the Conservation Activity Plan you are interested in.
Information on the criteria that Technical Service Providers need to meet to be certified for a specific Conservation Activity Plan can be found at the Technical Service Provider Registry site under "View Criteria".
Technical Service Provider Registry
TechReg (Technical Service Provider Registry), an NRCS Internet application, is available for Technical Service Providers (TSPs) to register and become certified, and for USDA customers to find certified providers.
Documents of Interest
Some of the following documents require Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
Authorization for Release of Information (.pdf)
Becoming a Technical Service Provider - SCIMS Information and eAuthentication Accounts Power Point Presentation
Fact Sheet - USDA Conservation Program - Forester's Guide to Technical Service Provider (.pdf)
Forester's Guide to the Technical Service Provider Program (.pdf)
Maine Memos Regarding Electronic Field Office Technical Guide Information
Maine Technical Service Provider Not-to-Exceed Rates Power Point Presentation
Processing Payments for Technical Service Provider Activities Power Point Presentation
Technical Service Provider Progress Reporting Instructions (.pdf)
Technical Service Provider Progress Report (.doc)
Technical Service Provider Training Material