10:10 June Meeting Minutes review and acceptance: Correct minutes as needed - Christine Hall, NRCS
10:15 2016 Program year in review: Are changes needed for the future? - Fran Grasso, NRCS
10:30 Farm Service Agency Program Update CRP, CREP, SAFE Activity: Discussion on Farm Bill cap for CRP acres - Nancy Coles, FSA
10:40 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Update: Discuss needs and opportunities for next round RCPP - Carrie Lindig, NRCS
10:50 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – new and completely revamped for 2017: Identify top priority resource concerns for CSP -Fran Grasso & Christine Hall, NRCS
11:10 NRCS Farmland Preservation Program – Subdivision on Preserved Farms: Discuss if subdividing NRCS easements should be allowed - Lauren Lapczynski, NRCS
11:25 Conservation Innovation Grant Presentation - Standard Bio Energy: “Energy Conservation and Protection of Environmental Resources through Equine Farm Agricultural Waste to Energy System” - Discuss other options for use of pelletized equine manure - Michael Flanagan and Tim Jones, Standard Bio Energy
11:40 Urban / Organic Subcommittee: Updates and insights from Rutgers and NRCS - Discuss ideas and opportunities to expand Urban Conservation efforts. - Laura Lawson, Rutgers (invited) Chad Cherefko & Austin Drager, NRCS
12:10 NRCS Program Training for Partners: Decide if additional training is needed - Carrie Lindig, NRCS
12:20 Conservation Planning for Partners - training recap and next steps: Decide what additional training is needed - Christine Hall, NRCS
12:30 New and Revised Conservation Practice Standards for FY17: Review standards to be update and determine if committee wants to review any of them - Christine Hall & Dave Lamm, NRCS
12:35 Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) Survey: Identify outreach opportunities to farmers - Bruce Eklund, NASS
12:40 Open Discussion - Carrie Lindig, NRCS
12:55 Next Meeting Date - Carrie Lindig, NRCS
For information about this meeting contact USDA-NRCS State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset NJ 08873.
Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request.
If you need more information about the State Technical Committee or any other NRCS program, please contact your local USDA Service Center, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture, or your local conservation district.