Committee Purpose and Structure
Per section 1446 of the 1990 Farm Bill, the Pennsylvania USDA established a technical committee to provide advice for technical considerations and technical guidelines necessary to implement conservation provisions of USDA legislation. The committee also helps assure that Civil Rights requirements in Program Delivery are met. The NRCS State Conservationist chairs the committee.
Additionally, the State Technical Advisory Committee provides recommendations on a number of issues within a variety of conservation programs. Although the State Technical Advisory Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations.
Technical Committees are composed of individuals and groups who represent a diverse group with interests in a variety of natural resource sciences and occupations, including the following:
- Agricultural Community
- Environmental Community
For a list of the members, select the State Technical Committees members (PDF,196MB)
Policy governing the State Technical Advisory Committee is available at: http://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/. (At the eDirective website proceed to the Manual tab. Navigate to Title 440, select Programs and then Part 501.)
How are State Technical Committee Meetings Conducted?
State Technical Committee meetings are conducted as an open discussion among members. The public is invited to attend. Individuals participating in the meetings have the opportunity to address the committee and present their opinions and recommendations. The State Conservationist may assemble certain members into subcommittees to discuss, examine, and focus on a particular technical or programmatic topic. The subcommittees will report back during a State Technical Committee meeting. All recommendations will be considered in a public meeting.
Those who cannot attend in person are encouraged to join us by calling:
Toll Free: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 6941559
Help Improve Pennsylvania's Natural Resources. Join the PA NRCS State Technical Committee! To learn more download this brochure: Pennsylvania State Technical Committee (PDF, 1.73MB).
The dates for 2015 are:
- January 22, 2015 - Topic: Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative
- April 15, 2015 - Topic: Soil Health and Nutrient Management
- July 15, 2015 - Topic: Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) and Bog Turtle
- October 22, 2015 - Topic: To be determined
For dates and locations of the upcoming State Technical Advisory Committee Meetings for 2015 and a map to the State Office, select the attached Pennsylvania State Technical Committee Information and Map (PDF, 150KB).