The State Technical Committee is comprised of both governmental and non-governmental leaders representing environmentally related disciplines. The committee is chaired by Rick Ellsmore, the New Hampshire State Conservationist.
The formation of state technical committees was mandated in the 1996 Farm Bill for the purpose of analyzing conservation issues and recommending guidelines for conservation programs. The Committee provides a public forum for input and facilitates maximum coordination between federal, state, local, and private conservation efforts.
Resource specialists from State Technical Committee member agencies and organizations serve on sub-groups of the State Technical Committee. These sub-groups report to the Committee with their recommendations. The Committee as a whole makes recommendations to the State Conservationist. The State Conservationist makes the final decisions regarding program management and implementation of Farm Bill conservation programs.