Welcome, charge to committee, review final agenda, introductions and housekeeping.
Timothy Beard, NRCS State Conservationist
Highlights of NRCS Financial Assistance and Easement Programs in Federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2013.
NRCS's Strategy for use of Conservation Program Funds during Federal FY 2014.
Discussion of new and emerging trends in conservation programs:
Soil health initiative: Environmental Quality Incentives Program's (EQIP) suite of soil health practices; follow-up on Cover Crops and Soil Health Webinar and invitation to join State Soil Health Team activities.
Meeting farmers’ demand for energy Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs) and energy conservation practices.
Piloting a grazing school to improve farmer’s results implementing prescribed grazing in western North Carolina.
Watershed Rehabilitation briefing: assessment, planning and design; and implementation.
Lunch - on your own
Recommendations regarding NRCS proposals to streamline delivery of certain Highly Erodible Land and Wetland determinations using off-site methods; and strategy for addressing Highly Erodible Land Conservation/Wetland Conservation (HELC/WC) workload.
Recommendations regarding development of state-level solicitation for Conservation Innovation Grant proposals in FY15.
Discussion of present state-level program payment limitations for certain practices; and recommendations for the future.