State Technical Committees serve 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.
Background and Responsibilities of the State Technical Committee
The State Technical Committee meets on a regular basis, as determined by the NRCS State Conservationist, to provide information, analysis, and recommendations to appropriate officials of the USDA who are charged with implementing and establishing priorities and criteria for natural resources conservation activities and programs under Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 including, but not limited to, the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Conservation Security Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation Innovation Grants, Conservation of Private Grazing Land, Grassroots Source Water Protection Program, the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Members of the State Technical Committee may also provide input on other natural resource conservation programs and issues as may be requested by NRCS or other USDA agency heads at the State level as long as they are within the programs authorized by Title XII.
State Committee Meeting Resources
NRCS Hosts In-Person and Virtual State Technical Committee Meeting June 14
Ag Leaders Discuss Florida’s Natural Resource Priorities
USDA NRCS in Florida hosted a State Technical Committee meeting on June 14 to provide a report for natural resource and program priorities and USDA decisions and to seek recommendations from Florida agricultural leaders.
Participation in the meeting was open to the public and available through a combination of in-person at the NRCS Florida state office and virtual participation via Zoom. I
Chaired by NRCS Florida State Conservationist, the committee is composed of individuals and groups from a variety of agricultural and natural resource interests, as well as farmers. Although the State Technical Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA strongly considers the committee's recommendations. Additional information on NRCS and programs is available on our website or at your local USDA NRCS office.
Recap of June 14, 2023 State Technical Committee Meeting:
Florida NRCS STAC - Video - June 14, 2023, Meeting (YouTube)
Recap of January 18, 2023 State Technical Committee Meeting:
Local Working Groups
Local working groups are subcommittees of the State Technical Committee and provide recommendations to USDA on local and state natural resource priorities and criteria for conservation activities and programs.
Local Working Group Meetings (2022 Schedule)