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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 conservation plan for an animal feeding operation (AFO) that documents how nutrients and contaminants will be managed in the production and land treatment areas of the farm to protect animal and human health and the environment.

104

Nutrient Management Plan

Practice

A nutrient management plan (NMP) is a document of record of how nutrients will be managed for plant production, and to address the environmental concerns related to the offsite movement of nutrients from agricultural fields.

106

Forest Management Plan

Planning

A forest management plan (FMP) is a site-specific plan developed for a client that addresses one or more resource concerns on land 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 to mitigate the risks associated with pest management activities in a sustainable approach to manage pests using a combination of techniques, such as chemical tools, biological control, habitat manipulation, and modification of cultural practices and use of resistant varieties.

116

Soil Health Management Plan

Planning

A soil health management plan is a farm-specific documented plan developed for a client that identifies soil health resource concerns, problems and opportunities and plans a group of practices that follow the 4 principles of soil health.

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 detailed documentation and inventory of the energy consuming activities and components of the current agricultural operation. The plan will document a typical prior year of on-farm energy consumption, and the strategy the producer will use to explore and prioritize their onfarm energy conservation concerns, objectives, and opportunities.

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.

136

Agricultural Energy Design Plan

Practice

An agricultural energy design plan (AgEDP) is a site-specific plan that uses recommendations from an NRCS approved assessment or tool used to evaluate energy conservation and includes development of design packages of NRCS conservation practices.

138

Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition

Planning

A “Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition” is a resource inventory with recommended practices to address the resource concerns that will assist the producer to develop an organic systems plan. The resource inventory and recommended practices will also serve to assist NRCS or a qualified TSP develop a conservation plan with the producer, if requested.

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.

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

An integrated pest management (IMP) herbicide resistance weed conservation plan is a plan with emphasis on modifying herbicide use for suppressing weeds on cropland.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.