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State Technical Committee

Nebraska State Technical Committee

The Nebraska State Technical Committee serves as an advisory body to the NRCS State Conservationist.  They provide recommendations on technical aspects of Farm Bill conservation programs.  This committee may also provide guidance on other technical matters, such as practices not already described in NRCS field office technical guides, criteria for evaluation and ranking projects, cost share and incentive payment levels, and measures related to achieving a program balance regardless of agricultural sector or farm or ranch size.  The Nebraska State Technical Committee fact sheet has more information on how individuals and groups can become members of the State Technical Committee.

Nebraska State Technical Committee Meeting:

March 12, 2015, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Lancaster Extension Office
444 Cherrycreek Rd.
Lincoln, NE 68528

This meeting is open to the public. If you require any special accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact Megan Baker at (402) 437-4104 or

March 12, 2015, Meeting Agenda

Meeting Power Points and Handouts
     -NRCS Conservation Programs in Nebraska
     -NRCS Watershed Rehabilitation
     -NRCS Conservation Compliance & Farm Bill Updates
     -FSA Program Updates
     -Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Compliance for Crop Insurance Participants
     -Notice CRP-782
     -2014 Farm Bill NAP Fact Sheet
     -Responsibilities of the State Technical Advisory Committee

Past Meeting Minutes and Presentations:

August 21 STC Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Meeting Power Points
     - NRCS Program Implementation
     - NRCS CDSI Updates
     - FSA CRP Program
     - NRCS Watershed Rehab Implementation

April 3, 2014
    - Meeting Minutes
    - NRCS FY2014 Farm Bill Changes
    - Sub Committees Overview
    - FSA FY2014 CRP Update
    - Forestry Talking Points

    - Watershed Rehabilitation 2014
    - NERA Overview (Powerpoint Presentation)
    - Emerald Ash Borer Handout
    - LB634 Handout
    - Local Working Groups NRCS Policy
    - State Technical Committee NRCS Policy

Nebraska State Technical Committee Sub-Committees:

Upcoming State Technical Committee Sub-Committee Meetings:

Wildlife State Technical Sub-Committee Meeting 
Friday, June 13, 2014, from 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM. 
Below is the intended agenda:

Currently the agenda will include:

·         Discussion on a proposed State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) project area for the CRP program in Nebraska.

·         Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) sub-committee structure.

·         2014 Farm Bill and WHIP as it relates to Nebraska.


EQIP State Technical Sub-Committee Meeting
Thursday, June 26
, 2014, from 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM. 
Below is the intended agenda:

·         Brief update on current EQIP program in Nebraska

·         Proposed 2015 Ranking Pools

·         Discussion on the 2015 allocation formula

·         2015 Local Work Group (LWG) recommendations.


Past State Technical Committee Sub-Committee Meeting Minutes:

- Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Subcommittee Meeting
   July 19, 2012 EQIP and WHIP Meeting Minutes
- Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) Subcommittee Meeting
   July 20, 2011 WHIP Meeting Minutes
- Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) Subcommittee Meeting
   August 2, 2012 WRP Meeting Minutes
 - Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) and Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) Subcommittee Meeting
   August 2, 2012 GRP and FRPP Minutes

Nebraska Local Work Groups:

Local working groups are organized on Natural Resources District (NRD) boundaries and are comprised of similar representation as the State Technical Committee. The local working group provides advice/recommendation to the NRCS District Conservationist or NRD representative serving as chair. The meetings are an open discussion that focus on identifying local natural resource concerns that can be treated with Farm Bill programs and activities.

Local Working Groups, which may only meet annually, review State Technical Committee actions and priorities, and return their recommendations with the local input and/or priorities back to the State Technical Committee. The State Technical Committee will review these recommendations and develop the conservation programs, special initiatives, etc., for that year.

2014 Local Work Group Meetings:

Nebraska NRCS 2014 Local Work Group Meetings
NRD Address Date Time Contact
Central Platte USDA Service Center
215 N. Kauffman Ave.
Grand Island, NE
May 14 9:30 AM James Huntwork
Lewis & Clark USDA Service Center
102 East Elm
Hartington, NE
May 15  9 AM Tyler Specht
Little Blue Little Blue NRD
100 East 6th Street
Davenport, NE
May 7 9:30 AM Janet Valasek
Lower Big Blue USDA Service Center
2920 East Court Street
Beatrice, NE
May 14 10 AM - 12 PM Kelli Evans
Lower Elkhorn Lower Elkhorn NRD
601 E. Benjamin, Ste #101
Norfolk, NE
May 22  6 PM  Robin Sutherland
Lower Loup USDA Service Center
2519 Heritage Drive
Broken Bow, NE
May 22 10 AM Bryce Bauer
Lower Niobrara Lower Niobrara NRD
410 Walnut Street
Butte, NE
May 12  2 PM  Jim Mathine
Lower Platte North  Schuyler Golf Club
285 Higgins Dr. (S. Hwy 15)
Schuyler, NE 
April 29 9:30-noon  Mark Walkenhorst
Lower Platte South  USDA Service Center
8000 S. 15th, Suite D
Lincoln, NE 
April 17   Dennis Schroeder
Lower Republican  Lower Republican NRD
30 North John St.
Alma, NE 
April 16 10 AM Jerry Kovarik
Middle Niobrara TBA May 12  2 PM Kevin Hood
Middle Republican

USDA Service Center
1400 West 5th Street
McCook, NE

May 7 9:30 AM Jason Kennedy
Nemaha Nemaha NRD
62161 HWY 136
Tecumseh, NE
May 20  9:30 AM Roger Reichmuth
North Platte  North Platte NRD
100547 Airport Road
Scottsbluff, NE
April 30 3 PM Dallas Johannsen
Papio - Missouri River  TBA      Neil Jensen
South Platte South Platte NRD
551 Parkland Drive
Sidney, NE
June 4 10 AM MT  Kristin Miller
Tri-Basin TBA     Kevin Breece
Twin Platte Great Western Bank Bldg Conference Rm
111 S. Dewey Street
North Platte, NE
 May 22  1:30 CT Mary Reece
Upper Big Blue  USDA Service Center
419 W. 6th Street, Suite 2
York, NE
May 14 10 AM Josh Bowers
Upper Elkhorn  Upper Elkhorn NRD
310 N. Harrison Street
O'Neill, NE
May 12 9:30 AM Jim Mathine
Upper Loup TBA     Kevin Hood
Upper Niobrara-White TBA     Robin Foulk
Upper Republican  Upper Republican NRD
511 East 5th Street
Imperial, NE
April 30 10-12 AM Andy Keep