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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. Technical Service Providers: Photo of two hands shaking

Wisconsin TSP Forestry Training Session (October 2016)

On October 24, 2016 a training session was held in Rhinelander Wisconsin with an emphasis on NRCS Forestry related items.  The following materials were presented during the training session:

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
  • Program
  • 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:

  1. Comply with all applicable Federal, State, Tribal, and local laws and requirements.
  2. Meet applicable NRCS conservation practice standards, specifications, and program requirements.
  3. Are consistent with and meet the particular conservation program goals and objectives
  4. 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

11/14/2016: FY 2017 USDA Information Security Awareness Training has been posted and is required of all TSPs. The course is automatically loaded in each TSPs AgLearn To-Do List; and is required to be completed no later than February 1, 2017. If you has issues accessing your AgLearn account; please contact the AgLearn Help Desk by email AgLearnHelp@genphysics.com or by telephone at 1-866-633-9394. If you have issues with accessing the course in AgLearn; please contact Josh Roosa, Administrative Assistant-Security ISSPOC, joshua.roosa@wi.usda.gov, 608-662-4422 ext. 271.   

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 eric.allness@wi.usda.gov or 608-662-4422 ext. 246.