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PA State Technical Committee Meeting

Pennsylvania State Technical Committee

Pennsylvania State Technical Committee

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 Committee provides recommendations on a number of issues within a variety of conservation programs. Although the State Technical 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:

  • Soil
  • Water
  • Air
  • Plants
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Agricultural Community
  • Environmental Community

Policy governing the State Technical Committee is available at eDirectives. (At the eDirectives 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The meetings are being conducted via Microsoft TEAMS internet conferencing as well as in person at our State Office, which is located at 359 East Park Drive, (USDA Conference Room) in Harrisburg, PA.  The meeting link and call-in telephone number information is included in the respective Meeting Agenda.

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The dates for 2025 are:

  • January 22, 2025
  • April 24, 2025
  • July 22, 2025
  • October 22, 2025

The dates for 2024 are:

  • January 18, 2024
  • April 16, 2024
  • July 24, 2024
  • October 24, 2024