Summary: H.R.5048 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/15/2018)

Nutrient Management Technical Service Provider Certification Act of 2018

This bill amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to provide alternative certification methods for third-party technical service providers (TSPs). (TSPs provide technical expertise to agricultural producers on behalf of the Department of Agriculture [USDA] Natural Resource Conservation Service to assist in planning and implementing conservation measures.)

USDA must approve certain professional certifications that meet or exceed national criteria and were established by:

  • the USDA,
  • an agriculture-related retailer,
  • a farmer cooperative,
  • the American Society of Agronomy, or
  • the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants.

A qualified certification includes a certifications as:

  • a Certified Crop Advisor by the American Society for Agronomy,
  • a Certified Professional Agronomist by the American Society for Agronomy, and
  • a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan Specialist by USDA.