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State Technical Committee

State Technical Committee and Local Work Groups

Purpose

The State Technical Advisory Committee provides recommendations for establishing technical guidelines and program criteria and priorities necessary to carry out conservation provisions of the Farm Bill. Roles and responsibilities include providing advice on 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

The NRCS State Conservationist

  • Acts as Committee Chair
  • Ensures equal representation of interests
  • Seriously considers the Committee's technical advice
  • Provides notice of public meetings

The Committee is composed of individuals representing a variety of natural resource sciences and occupations that include soil, water, air, plants, wetlands, and wildlife.

Public Notice: USDA-NRCS State Technical Committee Meeting

June 29, 2016 AZ State Technical Committee Meeting Announcement (pdf)

June 29, 2016 AZ State Technical Committee Meeting Agenda (pdf)

The public is invited to the next meeting of the Natural Resources Conservation Service State Technical Committee on June 29, 2016 from 9am–12pm Mountain Standard Time.

The meeting will be held at:​

 

Location   Contact
Federal Building   Diana Cameron
230 North 1st Avenue   Diana.Cameron@az.usda.gov
Phoenix, Arizona 85003   (602) 280-8802
3rd Floor Conference Room    

 

*Non-Federal visitors to the Arizona State Office location can have their parking validated if they use the lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Van Buren.  That is the only parking location for which we can provide parking validation.

These meetings are open to the public. The main audience consists of Federal, State, and Tribal agencies, along with other organizations, but all are invited.  For more information, call 602-280-8801

NOTICE: Due to technical difficulties there will not be a VTC for this meeting

 

AGENDA ITEMS

Opening Remarks and Introductions
- Keisha 
Tatem, State ConservationistNRCS​

9:00 am

NRCS Update
- Keisha 
Tatem, State Conservationist, NRCS​

 9:20 am

Conservation Planning Update
– Steve 
Smarik, State Resource Conservationist, NRCS​

10:00 am

Farm Bill Program Update
– Emily Fife, Assistant State Conservationist-Programs, 
NRCS​

10:40 am

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT - BOR WaterSMART 
- Jessica 
Asbill-case (Phoenix Area)
- Nohemi Olbert (Yuma Area)

11:00 am

Call to the Public
- Keisha 
Tatem, State Conservationist, NRCS​

11:45 am

Closing Remarks
- Keisha 
Tatem, State Conservationist, NRCS​

12:00 pm

 

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