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State Technical Committee in NJ

Next Meeting: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location: Woodstown NRCS Office

PLEASE NOTE: Our next State Technical Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25th. In the morning we will be touring two farms in South Jersey. We will meet at the first farm at 10 a.m. The regular business meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Woodstown Service Center, 51 Cheney Road, Suite 2, Woodstown, NJ 08098.

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

Agenda (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. More about the process and the findings are available in our Technical section on the State Resource Assessment - 2011 page. 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.

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, several subcommittees have formed to provide increased oversight and input into NRCS program delivery. Current subcommittees include Outreach, Farm Bill Programs, and Technical Standards.

Meetings

The New Jersey State Technical Committee meetings are held on a quarterly basis at a central location in the state. Subcommittee meetings are held at the discretion of the subcommittee chairs.

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 including soil, water, air, plants, wetlands, and wildlife.

To participate on the Committee, individuals or groups may submit to the NRCS State Conservationist a request 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 January 15, 2013