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Vermont State Technical Committee Meeting

Vermont State Technical Committee

The State Technical Committee (STC) provides information, analysis and recommendations on a wide variety of policy issues to NRCS. Although State Technical Committees have no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations.

State Technical Committee 

The next State Technical Committee meeting is set for July 17, 2024.

Announcements with the agenda will be posted on the events page of the website under Vermont prior to the meeting.

What does the State Technical Committee do?

  • The State Technical Committee recommends criteria and guidelines for agricultural and nonindustrial private forestland producers regarding new and existing conservation programs and initiatives. 

Who are the committee members?

The Vermont State Technical Committee members come from a variety of backgrounds and provide an invaluable service to the NRCS in making programmatic decisions for Vermont. They are the leaders in their fields of expertise and are deeply concerned about environmental resource concerns. The current members are as follows:

  • Vermont Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Vermont Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation
  • Vermont Association of Conservation Districts
  • Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Rural Vermont
  • Vermont Forest Roundtable
  • University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • US Senator Sanders' Office
  • US Senator Welch's Office
  • US Representative Balint's Office
  • St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Vermont Woodland Owners Association 
  • Vermont Agency of Transportation
  • Ben and Jerry's, Caring Dairy
  • Carbon Farmers of America
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation 
  • Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • EcoAmericorps
  • American Farmland Trust
  • Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association, Vermont
  • St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc./Ben and Jerry's, Caring Dairy Consultant 
  • Highfields Institute 
  • University of Vermont Extension
  • Vermont Grass Farmers Association 
  • Windham County Conservation District
  • Friends of Northern Lake Champlain 
  • Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Composting Association of Vermont (CAV)
  • Vermont DEC, Water Quality Division
  • Vermont Woodlands Association
  • Vermont Natural Resources Conservation District
  • US Senator Sanders' Office
  • Vermont Agency of Ag, Food, and Markets
  • The Nature Conservancy 
  • Farmers Watershed Alliance and the Grand Island Conservation District
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • USDA Forest Service
  • Vermont Rural Water Association
  • Vermont Coverts: Woodlands for wildlife, Inc
  • Vermont Audubon Society
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Bennington Conservation District
  • Vermont Farm Bureau 
  • Vermont Land Trust

 What are Subcommittees?

Subcommittees are organized to focus on specific issues and they meet separately from the regularly scheduled State Technical Committee. If you wish to serve on a specific subcommittee, you can do so by requesting via the State Conservationist. Currently, there are several subcommittees including: Soils; Water Quality; Climate; Urban and Small Agriculture; Forest and Wildlife; Wetland Reserve Easement; and Working Lands (EQIP/CSP).

How do I become a member?

Individuals or groups wanting to become a member of the State Technical Committee within Vermont may submit to the State Conservationist a request that explains their credentials for becoming a member of the State Technical Committee. Decisions of the State Conservationist concerning membership on the committee are final and not appealable. The State Conservationist will respond to requests for State Technical Committee membership in writing within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 60 days.

When does the State Technical Committee meet?

The STC meets quarterly, usually on the third Wednesday of the month, although the schedule may change as determined by the State Conservationist. The meeting announcements are published on the Vermont NRCS website and distributed via Gov Delivery at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting date.

All meetings are open to the public. Under current conditions all subcommittees are anticipated to be hosted virtually via Microsoft Teams with all meetings being recorded. For more information on Gov Delivery and how to subscribe or change your current subscription, see below:

Meeting Minutes

More Information

  • Rules for the State Technical Committee can be found here