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State Technical Advisory Committee Meeting Scheduled for January 21

Contact:
Mindi Rambo, Public Affairs Specialist, 208.378.5720

BOISE, ID, December 18, 2019 – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Idaho will hold its State Technical Advisory Committee meeting on Jan 21, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the USDA Service Center conference room, 9173 W. Barnes Drive, Boise.

Topics that will be covered in the Jan 21 meeting will include:

  • Whether there’s a need to increase payment rates to 90% on certain NRCS practices to encourage use and/or adoption.
  • A review of and recommendations regarding the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Cost Rates for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
  • An overview of new rules and changes for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), as well as an update on how 2020 Proposals were reviewed by Idaho.
  • Proposed changes to Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).
  • Proposed changes to the Environmental Quality Incentive’s Program (EQIP).
  • Proposed changes to Easements.
  • Proposed conservation initiatives and funding allocations for each.
  • Locally Led Workgroup meeting reports and project proposals.
  • Federal and State collaboration opportunities.
  • Emergency Action Plan for Natural Disasters.

“This is going to be an important meeting for our producers, partners and other interested parties to attend, as it is going to help us determine the direction NRCS Idaho is going to go and prioritization of available resources in the upcoming fiscal year,” said Curtis Elke, NRCS State Conservationist for Idaho.

If you need accommodations (physical accessibility assistance, sign language interpreter, Braille, large print or alternative print formats, etc.), please notify Mindi Rambo by Jan. 10 via email at Mindi.Rambo@usda.gov.


About the State Technical Advisory Committees (STAC)

State Technical Advisory Committees (STAC) serve in an advisory capacity to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation. Committees are intended to include members from a wide variety of natural resource and agricultural interests.

Chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist in each State, these Committees are composed of representatives from Federal and State natural resource agencies, American Indian Tribes, agricultural and environmental organizations, and agricultural producers. Individuals or groups wanting to participate as members on a State Technical Committee may speak to the State Conservationist regarding their interest at any time during the year.

The NRCS Idaho STAC meets regularly (once every four months) to provide information, analysis, and recommendations to appropriate NRCS officials, who strongly consider their input on the following:

  • Provide information, analysis, and recommendations to NRCS Idaho on resource concerns, conservation priorities and criteria for natural resources conservation activities and programs, including application, ranking and funding criteria, recommended practices, and program payment percentages for the state.
  • Identify emerging natural resource concerns and program needs.
  • Recommend conservation practice standards and specifications.
  • Recommend state and national program policy based on resource data.
  • Review activities of the local working groups to ensure State priorities are being addressed locally.
  • Make recommendations to the State Conservationist on requests and recommendations from local working groups.

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