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Technical Service Providers

Technical Service Provider (TSP) program is intended to help professionals interested in providing technical assistance to landowners and farmers participating in USDA Farm Bill conservation programs and to help landowners find these certified Technical Service Providers.

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Why Become a Certified TSP?

The demand for technical assistance to do conservation work, including conservation planning and design, installation and checkout of approved conservation practices, is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS. Texas' Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to provide assistance to agricultural professionals who wish to provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers. Additional information on TSP registration and certification is found on this page as well as on the USDA-NRCS TechReg website.

How to Become a TSP

TechReg logoUse the tools provided below to complete the TSP registration and certification process, as well as to identify and complete the required NRCS online training. Instructions for establishing an e-government account are available on this page. Once you establish your e-government account, you must visit your local USDA Service Center where your identity will be validated using a picture ID. Once your account has been activated, you will be able to log-in to TechReg using the user ID and password you created.

Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience and training criteria. NRCS has online training available at AgLearn to assist you in meeting TSP category requirements. Instructions for AgLearn registration are available on this page. National certification requirements for some TSP categories may include completion of state-specific classroom training.

Producer Reimbursement for Using TSP Services

A program participant is always given the option of utilizing the services of a TSP, however, reimbursement for part, or all, of the cost of hiring a TSP is dependent upon available funding. In addition, the program participant must hire a service provider who has completed the USDA-NRCS TSP certification process, is certified in the correct category, and has completed the certification process prior to the commencement of work activities.

The following documents require Adobe Reader.

TSP Overview (PDF; 1.34 MB)
AgLearn Overview (PDF; 640 KB)

TSP Contacts in Texas

State TSP Coordinator

Assistant State Conservationist for

Management and Strategy

Troy Reinke
Texas State Office
101 South Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 742-9885
Doug Rose
Texas State Office
101 South Main Street
Temple, TX 76501
Phone: (254) 742-9932