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State Technical Committee in NJ

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - Conservation Tour and Meeting starts at 10 a.m. in Hunterdon County.
Tour starting point: Hunterdon County Farms (Directions and itinerary)

Meeting location: Hunterdon County's Route 12 County Complex, 314 Route 12, Flemington, NJ (directions)

Contact Christine Hall at 732-537-6051 or christine.hall@nj.usda.gov for more information.

Agenda for meeting and tour(posted 14 days before meeting)

Minutes from past meetings

Most meetings of the State Technical Committee are held at the NRCS Sate Office in Somerset, NJ. Directions to NRCS State Office (110 kb) are available here in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. 

What is the State Technical Committee?

The Food Security Act of 1985, as amended, authorizes the State Technical Committee to provide recommendations for establishing technical guidelines and program criteria and priorities necessary to carry out conservation provisions of the Farm Bill. The committee also helps assure that Civil Rights requirements in Program Delivery are met. Additionally, the State Technical Committee provides recommendations on a number of issues within a variety of conservation programs. Although the State Technical Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations.

New Jersey Forest

The State Technical Committee participated in the development of the 2011 State Resource Assessment. The purpose of the SRA is to help National and State Leadership have guidance on resource objectives. The findings will potentially help with funding and priority area decisions. More about the process and the findings are available in our Technical section on the State Resource Assessment - 2011 web page.

Roles and Responsibilities

The State Technical Committee may advise the NRCS State Conservationist on many issues, such as:

  • State program management policies and procedures
  • Technical programmatic recommendations
  • Statewide public information and outreach campaigns
  • Identifying significant statewide natural resource concerns
  • Guidelines for developing ranking criteria for evaluating applications
  • Guidance on eligible conservation practices
  • Technical guidance on conservation practices, including new, innovative practices
  • Cost-share rates and incentive payment limits and methods of payment
  • Identifying, monitoring, and analyzing performance indicators
  • Evaluating and reporting program impacts on natural resources and the environment
  • Coordinating with other Federal, State, tribal, and local public and private activities

At the discretion of the State Conservationist, subcommittees are formed to provide increased oversight and input into NRCS program delivery. These subcommittees meet when there is an issue for them to address.

Meetings

The New Jersey State Technical Committee meetings are held three times a year (February/March, June/July, October/November) at a central location in the state.  The summer meeting usually includes a conservation tour.

Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities is available. Please request any necessary disability accommodation within 48 hours of the meeting.

If language assistance is needed, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests. We would appreciate that requests for language assistance be submitted a week before the meeting to allow sufficient time to secure the appropriate service.

Who are the Committee Members?

The NRCS State Conservationist shall act as the Committee Chair.

In addition, the state conservationist will ensure equal representation of interests, seriously consider the Committee’s technical advice, and call and provide notice of public meetings when necessary.

State Technical Advisory Committees are composed of individuals who represent a variety of natural resource sciences and occupations that focus on the conservation and protection of soil, water, air, plants, wetlands, and wildlife resources.

To participate on the Committee, individuals or groups may submit a request to the NRCS State Conservationist that explains their interest and outlines their natural resource credentials.

Representatives on the committee may include:

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Forest Service
  • Extension Service
  • Rural Development
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • State departments and agencies, including:
    • State fish and wildlife agency
    • State forester or equivalent official
    • State water resources agency
    • State department of agriculture
    • State association of soil and water conservation districts
    • Other agency personnel with expertise in soil, water, wetland, and wildlife management
    • Agricultural producers with demonstrable conservation expertise
    • Nonprofit organizations with demonstrable conservation expertise
    • Agribusiness
Chairperson

The New Jersey State Technical Committee is chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist who can be contacted at the following address:

State Conservationist
USDA-NRCS
220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor
Somerset NJ 08873
Phone: 732-537-6040
E-mail: Barbara Phillips at barbara.phillips@nj.usda.gov

 

For More Information

If you need more information about the State Technical Committee or any other NRCS program, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district.

The following document requires Adobe Acrobat.
State Technical Committee Fact Sheet - A Seat at the Table for Conservation Policy (1337 kb)

 

Last Update June 3, 2015