Producers of annually planted commodities in Iowa, Mississippi, North Dakota and South Dakota will have the opportunity to hire technical service providers (TSPs) who will work with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to develop Soil Resources Planning Conservation Activity Plans. These plans, known as CAP 132, will:
Prevent sheet and rill erosion;
Restore organic matter in soils; and
Provide economic information producers can use to make conservation decisions.
TSPs are individuals or businesses that have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities. Farmers, ranchers, private businesses, nonprofit organizations and public agencies hire TSPs to provide these services on behalf of the NRCS. The NRCS must approve plans and practices recommended by TSPs to ensure that they meet the agency’s standards.
Every certified TSP must be trained in development of at least one conservation activity plan, and verify they have the essential knowledge, skills and abilities to be a TSP.