Technical Service Providers
The 2002 Farm Bill authorized USDA to use Technical Service Providers (TSPs).
The premise behind TSPs is that the public interest to do conservation work and
the government’s financial commitment are both at historic levels. The Farm Bill
increased conservation investment up $1.8 billion to $3.9 billion. NRCS and our
locally-led partners are committed to getting this money out quickly and
efficiently. Helping build a new industry of certified professionals from the
private sector, non-profit organizations, and public agencies to provide direct
technical assistance and deliver conservation activities will help with this
NRCS is committed to ensuring quality technical assistance no matter whether this service comes from NRCS employees or a TSP. The quality benchmarks are those in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide. NRCS is also committed to a Technical Service Provider process that is farmer or producer friendly. Technical Service Provider technical assistance will be offered in ways that will be convenient to farmers and ranchers and designed to meet their needs. That means producers will have a choice of providers. You may use NRCS for technical assistance, or may call on a Technical Service Provider certified by NRCS to provide such assistance.
The following documents require
7 CFR Part 652, Rules,