Oregon Tilth's Technical Service Provider & Biodiversity Training
Special Two-Day Pre-Conference Event
Attend this training 8:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about and complete many of the requirements to become an NRCS Technical Service Provider
(TSP). The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) recent revision to the Conservation Activity Plan Supporting Transition to Organic (CAP 138
) more closely align it with an Organic System Plan. The CAP 138 provides a unique opportunity for inspectors and consultants to work with transitioning-to-organic producers through the EQIP Organic Initiative. To do this you need to get certified by NRCS to be a TSP. Current capacity at NRCS is limited to provide the necessary training to get these parties trained and certified. Oregon Tilth is working with NRCS to provide this training.
This two day training will provide participants with the training and tools they need to apply for TSP certification with NRCS. Preceding the in-person course, there will be a short webinar to introduce the course, requirements, and provide guidance on how to gain access to the NRCS online system. The in-person course will include sessions on:
- biodiversity and natural resource management
- conservation planning
- the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide
- Introduction and training on conservation planning tools
Participants will leave the course with a completed CAP 138 to submit with their application for TSP certification.
Oregon Tilth has been working with NRCS since September 2010 through a contribution agreement aimed at providing technical assistance and outreach support to the agency related to organic agriculture. If you have any questions about this training please contact Sarah Brown, Education Director, Oregon Tilth firstname.lastname@example.org.