1469.9 Technical assistance.§ 1469.9 Technical assistance.
(a) NRCS may use the services of NRCS-approved or certified Technical Service Providers in performing its responsibilities for technical assistance.
(b) Technical assistance may include, but is not limited to: Assisting applicants during sign-up, processing and assessing applications, assisting the participant in developing the conservation stewardship plan; conservation practice survey, layout, design, installation, and certification; information, education, and training for producers; and quality assurance activities.
(c) NRCS retains approval authority over the certification of technical assistance done by non-NRCS personnel.
(d) NRCS retains approval authority of the conservation stewardship contracts and contract payments.
(e) Conservation stewardship plans will be developed by NRCS certified conservation planners.