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Virginia State Technical Committee

This advisory body plays a key role in supporting sustainable agriculture across the commonwealth and helps ensure that civil rights requirements of program delivery are met.

Virginia State Technical Committee Meeting presentation

Overview

The State Technical Committee advises the NRCS state conservationist on developing guidelines for implementing conservation provisions of the Farm Bill. Membership includes representatives from federal and state conservation agencies, agricultural producers, Virginia Cooperative Extension, nonprofit organizations and agribusiness. Although this group has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the committee's recommendations. 

Meetings are held virtually or at 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 209, Richmond, Va. 23229, on a quarterly basis or at the call of the state conservationist. All sessions are open to the public. 

Partners represented include:

  • American Farmland Trust
  • Black Family Land Trust
  • Center for Conservation Incentives, Environmental Defense Foundation
  • Chesapeake Bay Commission
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe
  • Chickahominy Indian Tribe - Eastern Division
  • Defenders of Wildlife
  • Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
  • Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Ecology and Environment, Inc.
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Friends of the Rappahannock River
  • Kego Tank Farm
  • Maryland-Virginia Milk Producers Co-op
  • Mattaponi Pamunkey Monacan Foundation
  • Monacan Indian Tribe
  • Nansemond Indian Tribe
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Pamunkey Tribe
  • Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Rappahannock Indian Tribe
  • Shenandoah AREC
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
  • Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
  • Sustainable Chesapeake
  • SW Virginia Agriculture Association, Inc.
  • Tellus Agronomics
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chesapeake Bay Office
  • U.S. Geological Service
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • USDA 1890 Program Manager, VSU
  • USDA Farm Service Agency
  • Virginia Agribusiness Council
  • Virginia Association for Biological Farming
  • Virginia Cattlemen's Association
  • Virginia Conservation Network
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Virginia Corn Board
  • Virginia Cotton Grower's Association
  • Virginia Crop Production Association
  • Virginia Departments of:
    • Agriculture & Consumer Services
    • Conservation & Recreation (Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Natural Heritage, Office of Land Conservation)
    • Environmental Quality
    • Forestry
    • Wildlife Resources
  • Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
  • Virginia Forestry Association
  • Virginia FSA State Committee
  • Virginia Grain Producers Association
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • Virginia Peanut Grower's Association
  • Virginia Pork Council
  • Virginia Poultry Federation
  • Virginia Sheep Industry Board
  • Virginia Society of Ornithology
  • Virginia Soybean Association
  • Virginia State Dairymen's Association
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Tech - CSES
  • Virginia Tech - College of Natural Resources
  • Virginia Waterfowlers Association
  • Virginia Wine Board
  • Virginia United Land Trusts
  • Wetlands Watch

Patrick Vincent

Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

Chad Wentz

State Resource Conservationist