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Delaware State Technical Advisory Committee

Delaware Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

State Technical Committees (Committee) have been and continue to be a vital part of Farm Bill implementation. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) depends on their knowledge and expertise to implement Farm Bill programs that are locallyled.

The Food Security Act of 1985 (1985 Farm Bill) required the formation of the Committee to advise NRCS on a variety of issues and to provide information, analysis and recommendations to the NRCS State Conservationist. 

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) amends the 1985 Farm Bill to include identifying additional mandatory members and areas where the Committee must participate and/or provide input during 2018 Farm Bill implementation.

The Delaware State Technical Committee (STAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation.

The Committee is intended to include members from a wide variety of natural resource and agricultural interests. Chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist, this Committee is composed of representatives from Federal and State natural resource agencies, agricultural and environmental organizations, and agricultural producers.

State Technical Committee Members

While Committee meetings are open to anyone, membership on the Committee is at the invitation of or request to the State Conservationist.

The Committee members shall be composed of agricultural producers and other professionals that represent a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, plant and wildlife sciences and include representatives from the following:

1.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service

2.  Farm Service Agency

3.  U.S. Corp of Engineers

4.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

5.  Food and Nutrition Services

6.  National Ag. Statistics Service

7.  Environmental Pollution Agency

8.  State Departments and Agencies within the State

  • Delaware Department of Agriculture
  • Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

9.  Delaware Lenape Tribe

10.  Delaware Nanticoke Tribe

11.  Delaware Association of Conservation Districts

  • New Castle County Conservation District
  • Kent County Conservation District
  • Sussex County Conservation District

12.  Delaware Rural Water Association

13.  Mid-Atlantic 4R

14.  State Cooperative Extension Service and Land Grant Universities in the State

15.  Farm Bureau

16.  Nonprofit Organizations

17.  Agriculture Producers representing the variety of crops and poultry and or livestock raised in the State

Specialized Subcommittees of State Technical Committees

In some situations, specialized subcommittees composed of State Technical Committee members may be needed to analyze and refine specific issues. The State Conservationist may assemble certain committee members, including members of local working groups and other experts to discuss, examine, and focus on a particular technical or programmatic topic, or combination of such.

Specialized subcommittees are open to the public and may seek public participation, but they are not required to do so. Recommendations of specialized subcommittees will be presented in general sessions of State Technical Committees, where the public is notified and invited to attend.

Examples of Specialized Subcommittees include:

  • Soil Health Subcommittee
  • Urban Agriculture Subcommittee
  • State Wildlife Subcommittee

Subcommittees typically meets quarterly, in between committee meetings, and will be facilitated by a subcommittee chairperson. When the need arises for a subcommittee action, Committee members are contacted for assistance.

Membership

"Become a Member" to join the Delaware State Technical Advisory Committee.

Note:  Membership is specific and will need to support and focus on voluntary conservation within the respective categories listed on the form.

Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Delaware State Technical Advisory Committee, click here on the ‘Become a Member Today’ link and fill out the membership request form. The State Conservationist will review your information and respond to requests for membership within 45 days of receipt of your request. Decisions of the State Conservationist concerning membership on the committee are final and not appealable.

A State Technical Advisory Committee member list is posted on the NRCS State website.

If you are already a member and would like to be removed from the members list, click on the ‘Become a Member Today’ link and fill out the top portion only of the application and scroll to the bottom the application to click the 'Submit Now!' button.

Meeting Dates

For FY22 the Delaware State Technical Committee will meet quarterly. Dates are as follows:

  • February 9, 2023
  • May 11, 2023
  • September 7, 2023