State Technical Committee (STC) Roles and Responsibilities
Responsibilities and Roles
The State Technical Committees have no implementation or enforcement authority. However, the Committees' advisory capacity extends to many of the USDA conservation programs. The responsibilities of the State Technical Committee include recommendations on technical matters such as:
Guidelines for evaluating petitions by agricultural producers regarding new conservation practices and systems not already described in field office technical guides;
Aspects of wetland protection, restoration, and mitigation requirements;
Suggestions on how often producers' applications are ranked and selected; and
Determination of cost share and incentive payment limits for participants subject to environmental requirements or with significant statewide resource concerns.
State Technical Committees may offer recommendations on other matters determined appropriate by the NRCS State Conservationist. USDA will seek State Technical Committee recommendations including, but not limited to, the following: