The Food Security Act of 1985, as amended, authorizes the State Technical Committee to provide recommendations for establishing technical guidelines and program criteria and priorities necessary to carry out conservation provisions of the Farm Bill.
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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
Who are the Committee Members?
The Arkansas state conservationist is 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.
The State Technical Committee is composed of individuals who represent a variety of agricultural interests and natural resource sciences and occupations including soil, water, air, plants, livestock, wetlands, and wildlife.
Invitation to participate will be made by the state conservationist in order to assure a balance of representation of the many resource and conservation issues.
Representatives on the committee may include:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Farm Service Agency
Farmers Home Administration
Fish and Wildlife Service
State fish and wildlife agency
State forester or equivalent official
State water resources agency
State department of agriculture
State association of soil and water conservation districts
Other agency personnel with expertise in soil, water, wetland, and wildlife management
Agricultural producers with demonstrable conservation expertise
Nonprofit organizations with demonstrable conservation expertise
Persons knowledgeable about conservation techniques
The Arkansas State Technical Committee meetings are held on an as needed basis, usually twice per year. Prior to these meetings, various work groups representing members of the committee may meet to finalize recommendations to be made to the committee.
The Arkansas State Technical Committee is chaired by the state conservationist who can be contacted at the following address:
Michael Sullivan State Conservationist USDA-NRCS Room 3416, Federal Bldg. 700 West Capitol Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201 Phone: (501) 301-3100 E-mail: email@example.com