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Technical Service Providers

Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals or businesses that have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities. TSPs are hired by farmers, ranchers, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies to provide these services on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

 

What kind of work can a TSP do?

TSP's provide conservation technical services to NRCS clients in two broad areas: Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) development and Conservation Practice design, installation and checkout.  There are 14 separate CAPs and the conservation practices are grouped into several different categories, each with their own eligibility requirements (see table below). 

 

Practice Code

Conservation Activity Plan Name

CAP
Type

General Description

102

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan

Planning

A comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) is a component conservation plan that includes a combination of structural practices, management activities, and/or land management practices for an animal feeding operation (AFO) associated with crop or livestock production.  The CNMP collectively ensures that the purposes of crop and livestock production and preservation of natural resources (especially air, soil and water quality as related to nutrient related impacts) are compatible.

104

Nutrient Management Plan

Practice

Nutrient management plans are documents of record establishing how nutrients will be managed for plant production while addressing identified resource concerns including the offsite movement of nutrients.

106

Forest Management Plan

Planning

A forest management plan is a site-specific plan developed for a client that addresses one or more resource concerns on nonindustrial private forestland where forestry-related conservation activities or practices will be planned and applied.

108

Feed Management Plan

Practice

A feed management plan is a farm-specific documented plan developed for a client who addresses manipulation and control of the quantity and quality of available nutrients, feedstuffs, and/or additives fed to livestock and poultry.

110

Grazing Management Plan

Practice

A grazing management plan is a site-specific plan developed with a client to address one or more resource concerns on land where grazing-related activities or practices will be applied.

112

Prescribed Burning Plan

Practice

A prescribed burning plan is a site-specific plan developed with a client that addresses one or more resource concerns on land through the use of fire.

114

Integrated Pest Management

Practice

An integrated pest management (IPM) plan is an ecosystem-based strategy that is a sustainable approach to manage pests using a combination of practices and IPM techniques that are characterized as chemical applications, biological control, and habitat manipulation, and modification of cultural practices and use of resistant varieties.

118

Irrigation Water Management Plan

Practice

An irrigation water management (IWM) plan is a site-specific plan developed to control the volume, frequency, and application rate of water for efficient irrigation.  Measurements of soil moisture, plant water use, and climate provide feedback to decide when to irrigate, and how much water to apply.

128

Agriculture Energy Management Plan

Planning

An agricultural energy management plan (AgEMP) is a baseline assessment for the agricultural enterprise of the energy consuming activities and components.  The plan will document a year of on-farm energy consumption, and the strategy by which the producer can prioritize on-farm opportunities to increase efficiency of their energy utilization.

130

Drainage Water Management Plan

Practice

A drainage water management (DWM) plan is a site-specific plan developed to control soil water table elevations and the timing of water discharges from subsurface or surface agricultural drainage systems, allowing the opportunity for crop use of the subsurface water and nutrients.

138

Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition

Planning

A “Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition” is a plan to help the farmer in transitioning from conventional farming practices to organic production by addressing the natural resource concerns on the operation.

142

Fish and Wildlife Habitat Plan

Practice

A fish and wildlife habitat plan is a site-specific plan developed with a client who is ready to plan and implement conservation activities or practices with consideration for fish and wildlife habitat and other biological resources.

146

Pollinator Habitat Plan

Practice

A pollinator habitat enhancement plan is a site-specific plan developed for a client that addresses the improvement, protection, restoration, enhancement, expansion of flower-rich habitat that supports native and/or managed pollinators.

154

IPM Herbicide Resistant Weed Conservation Plan

Practice

Integrated pest management (IPM) herbicide resistance weed conservation plan is a plan that documents decisions by the producer to implement a system of conservation practices and IPM techniques with emphasis on herbicide use orientation to suppress and reduce reestablishment of herbicide resistant weeds by using the four IPM strategies: Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring, and Suppression.

 


Technical Criteria for Development of Conservation Activity Plans (CAP)

NRCS Technical Criteria for CAPs, establishes the minimum criteria the TSP must address in the development, implementation, formatting, and deliverables for either Planning or Practice CAPs.

Information on NRCS Technical Criteria for CAPs, are available in Section III of each state's Field Office Technical Guide.

 

To learn more about the NRCS TSP program, how to find a TSP, or how to become a TSP by visiting the national Technical Service Providers website.