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State Technical Committee

Committee Purpose and Structure

Per section 1446 of the 1990 Farm Bill, the Pennsylvania USDA established a technical committee to provide advice for technical considerations and technical guidelines necessary to implement conservation provisions of USDA legislation. The committee also helps assure that Civil Rights requirements in Program Delivery are met. The NRCS State Conservationist chairs the committee.

Additionally, the State Technical Advisory Committee provides recommendations on a number of issues within a variety of conservation programs. Although the State Technical Advisory Committee has no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations.

Technical Committees are composed of individuals and groups who represent a diverse group with interests in a variety of natural resource sciences and occupations, including the following:

  • Soil
  • Water
  • Air
  • Plants
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife
  • Agricultural Community
  • Environmental Community

For a list of the members,  select the State Technical Committees members (PDF,196MB)

Policy governing the State Technical Advisory Committee is available at: (At the eDirective website proceed to the Manual tab. Navigate to Title 440, select Programs and then Part 501.)

For a list of acronyms that are used during the State Technical Committee meetings, click here!

How are State Technical Committee Meetings Conducted?

State Technical Committee meetings are conducted as an open discussion among members. The public is invited to attend. Individuals participating in the meetings have the opportunity to address the committee and present their opinions and recommendations. The State Conservationist may assemble certain members into subcommittees to discuss, examine, and focus on a particular technical or programmatic topic. The subcommittees will report back during a State Technical Committee meeting. All recommendations will be considered in a public meeting.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meetings are being conducted via WebEx internet conferencing.  The meeting link and call-in telephone number information is included in the respective Meeting Agenda.

Help Improve Pennsylvania's Natural Resources. Join the PA NRCS State Technical Committee! To learn more download this brochure: Pennsylvania State Technical Committee (PDF, 1.2MB).

The dates for 2022 are:

  • January 19, 2022
  • April 21, 2022
  • July 19, 2022
  • October 19, 2022

The dates for 2021 are:

For dates and locations of the upcoming State Technical Advisory Committee Meetings for 2021 and a map to the State Office, select the attached Pennsylvania State Technical Committee Information and Map (PDF, 1.1MB).

Last updated:  July 7, 2021