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NRCS Registry Update

Please be advised the new NRCS Registry program is still making its way through the rigorous security protocol required to launch new programs.  While we cannot give you a specific date for launch, we are getting closer.

For Criteria and Tutorials go to “Find a TSP” page; click on Resources at the top:

https://nrcs-sites.secure.force.com/FindaTSP

For Training Videos on Using NRCS Registry:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0Oy58bSZgQHf29xdF2IGavLtXWNG-erR

Look for Future Happenings Coming Soon!!

  • Release of new certification criteria and new conservation activity structure
  • TSP Training on NRCS Registry
  • TSP Training on new conservation activity structure
  • TSPN Annual Meeting & Training-November 16-18

What is a Technical Service Provider or TSP?

Technical service providers (TSPs) offer services to agricultural producers such as farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  TSPs help these producers plan, design, and implement conservation practices or develop conservation activity plans to improve agricultural operations.

TSPs include individuals, private businesses, American Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

TSPs expand the number and availability of conservation technical experts capable of offering customized, one-on-one conservation advice to agricultural producers.

Who Can Use a TSP?

Agricultural producers participating in certain activities in NRCS conservation programs can hire a TSP within the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

What Are the Benefits?

How can NRCS benefit from using TSPs?

Offering technical services through an approved third party like a TSP ensures:

  • NRCS conservation program participants have additional options to access technical services;
  • quality conservation work by vetted and trained professionals; and
  • personalized, one-on-one assistance to meet the needs of your conservation efforts.
How can farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners benefit from using TSPs?

Farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners often use TSPs to address specific natural resource goals such as:

  • developing nutrient management plans;
  • developing sustainable forestry plans;
  • developing grazing management plans;
  • increasing irrigation efficiency; and
  • transitioning from traditional agriculture to organic.
How do individuals benefit from becoming a TSP?

TSPs can help producers address natural resource concerns in diverse areas, including nutrient management, energy use, forestry, grazing, irrigation, organic agriculture and wildlife habitat. They also provide conservation planning services, design and implementation activities, and conservation evaluation and monitoring.

TSPs are certified to provide technical service activities according to NRCS standards and specifications for conservation activities. TSPs work on behalf of NRCS, so they maintain the confidentiality of the agricultural producers they help.  In addition, TSPs can help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners comply with Federal, state, tribal, and local laws and regulations.

What Technical Service Activities Can TSPs offer?

TSP conservation work falls into two broad categories:

  • conservation practice planning, design and implementation
  • conservation activity planning activities

Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners can use conservation activity plans to address specific natural resource objectives such as nutrient and pest management, forestry, energy conservation, or transitioning to organic agriculture.

Participants in NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) may be eligible to receive financial assistance to work with TSPs to develop conservation planning activities plans or to plan, design and implement certain conservation practices. Only TSPs can assist with the development of conservation activity plans.

If approved for an EQIP contract that includes TSP services, the participant chooses a TSP from an NRCS-approved list and negotiates payment for the selected TSP’s services. Once technical services are completed, the TSP provides documentation and an invoice to the participant who then provides the documentation or notification of completion invoice to NRCS for certification and reimbursement.

NRCS reimburses the producer at a contracted rate established by the program. The maximum rates for technical services are listed on the TSP website, NRCS Registry or are available in the most recent State Payment Schedule.

What is NRCS’s Online TSP Registry?

NRCS Registry provides information to individuals, private businesses, American Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies on how to become a TSP or agricultural producers and private forest landowners can find a TSP in the online registry.

  • New and certified TSPs can Log into NRCS Registry
  • Landowners looking for assistance can Find a TSP 
  • Individuals and businesses can Become a TSP 

How Do You Locate a TSP?

Eligible NRCS conservation program participants can locate a registered or certified TSP through the NRCS Registry national directory for finding a TSP. Program participants also can contact their local USDA service center.

How Do You Become an NRCS TSP?

Apply for TSP certification on NRCS Registry NRCS’s online TSP registry. The TSP certification process includes required training and verification of education, knowledge, skills and abilities.

Additional TSP Resources

Resources such as contacts, certification agreements, payment rates are on this page.

Contact Information

To learn more about NRCS’s TSP program in your respective state, contact TSP Coordinators (PDF, 137KB) or e-mail the national Technical Service Provider Team at tsp@usda.gov.