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West Virginia State Technical Committee

State Technical Committees serve in an advisory capacity to the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other USDA agencies on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation.

What is the State Technical Committee?

State Technical Committees have been and continue to be a vital part of Farm Bill implementation. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) depends on their knowledge and expertise to implement Farm Bill programs that are locally‐led.

The Food Security Act of 1985 (1985 Farm Bill) required each NRCS state office to form a State Technical Committee to advise the State Conservationist on a variety of issues and to provide information, analysis and recommendations.

The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) amends the 1985 Farm Bill to include identifying additional mandatory members and areas where the Committee must participate and/or provide input during 2018 Farm Bill implementation.

State Technical Committee membership includes representatives from federal and state agriculture and environmental agencies, agricultural producers, WVU Extension, nonprofit organizations and agribusiness. Meetings are open to the public and are held as often as necessary to advise and implement NRCS conservation programs. For information about an upcoming meeting, call the NRCS-WV State Office at 304-284-7540.