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New Jersey State Technical Committee

The State Technical Committee advises the State Conservationist on technical guidelines necessary to implement the conservation provisions of the Farm Bill. 

Roles and Responsibilities

The State Technical Committee may advise the NRCS State Conservationist on many 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

At the discretion of the State Conservationist, subcommittees are formed to provide increased oversight and input into NRCS program delivery. These subcommittees meet when there is an issue for them to address.


Meetings

The New Jersey State Technical Committee meetings are held three times a year (February/March, June/July, October/November) at a central location in the state.  The summer meeting usually includes a conservation tour.

Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities is available. Please request any necessary disability accommodation within 48 hours of the meeting.

If language assistance is needed, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests. We would appreciate that requests for language assistance be submitted a week before the meeting to allow sufficient time to secure the appropriate service.

The New Jersey State Technical Committee meetings are held three times a year (February/March, June/July, October/November) at a central location in the state. The summer meeting usually includes a conservation tour.

Reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities is available. Please request any necessary disability accommodation within 48 hours of the meeting.

If language assistance is needed, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests. We would appreciate that requests for language assistance be submitted a week before the meeting to allow sufficient time to secure the appropriate service.


Who are the Committee Members? 

The NRCS State Conservationist shall act as the Committee Chair.

In addition, the state conservationist will ensure equal representation of interests, seriously consider the Committee’s technical advice, and call and provide notice of public meetings when necessary.

State Technical Advisory Committees are composed of individuals who represent a variety of natural resource sciences and occupations that focus on the conservation and protection of soil, water, air, plants, wetlands, and wildlife resources.

To participate on the Committee, individuals or groups may submit a request to the NRCS State Conservationist that explains their interest and outlines their natural resource credentials.


Julie Hawkins

State Conservationist/State Technical Committee Chair