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STC Agenda

New Jersey State Technical Committee 

  • Meeting Date: TBA

  • Past Meeting, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - Newark / East Orange Urban Ag Tour

  • Location: Prudential Outdoor Learning, 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ 07103

Agenda (download the PDF or Tour Agenda, 251 kb) and PDF of Meeting Agenda, 1.1 MB)


9:30 - Arrive at Greater Newark Conservancy Education Center. Light refreshments will be served, and restrooms are available. Street parking available on either Prince or Broome Street - Prudential Outdoor Learning, 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ 07103

9:45 Welcome and Introductions from Robin Dougherty, Greater Newark Conservancy,and Carrie Lindig, NRCS State Conservationist

10:00 Depart and travel to East Orange, 14 Cottage Place, East Orange, NJ 07017

10:20 Tour Site 1 - Coeur et Sol Urban Farms, Chelsa Hernandez, Founder at Coeur et Sol Urban Farms & GreenGrocer Food Hub and Audrey Ting, Intern at Coeur et Sol Urban Farms and Public Health and Environmental Science undergrad at John Hopkins

10:40 Depart and travel to Ironbound, Down Bottom Farm, 377 Ferry Street, Newark NJ

11:10 Tour Site 2 -Ironbound Community Corporation, Maria Lopex and Christian Rodriguez, Ironbound Community Corporation

11:30 Depart and travel to Greater Newark Conservancy Farm, Hawthorne Avenue Farm, 446 Hawthorne Ave., Newark, NJ 07112

11:45 Tour Site 3 – Greater Newark Conservancy Hawthorn Ave Farm and XRF Demonstration, Karen Rutberg & Mark Kearney, Greater Newark Conservancy and Edwin Muñiz and Rich Shaw, NRCS Soil Scientists

12:30 Depart and travel to Greater Newark Conservancy Education Center, Prudential Outdoor Learning, 32 Prince Street, Newark, NJ 07103

1:00 LUNCH – Bring your own or pre-order lunch, restrooms will be available

1:30 State Technical Committee Business Meeting

Business Meeting Agenda

1:30 Welcome & Introductions, Carrie Lindig, NRCS

1:35 April Meeting Minutes review and acceptance: correct minutes as needed, Christine Hall, NRCS

1:40 Reflections on Tour sites visited

  • Coeur et Sol Urban Farms
  • Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Greater Newark Conservancy      Discussion on what we saw during the morning tour               Carrie Lindig & Christine Hall, NRCS

2019 Farm Bill Programs Updates

1:55  NRCS Easement and Financial Programs - Update on current status of FY19 NRCS programs, Gail Bartok, NRCS

2:05 Farm Service Agency Program Update CRP, CREP, SAFE Activity: Update on current status of FY19 FSA programs, Nancy Coles, FSA

2:10 2020 Farm Bill Programs Topics

Integrating the new CART tool, Gail Bartok & Christine Hall, NRCS

  • Moving up application deadline - August
  • NWQI & Source Water Protection
  • Boosting easement applications Discuss hot topics for next year’s Farm Bill Programs roll out  

2:40 Conservation Innovation Grants Update on 3 current grant opportunities, Christine Hall, NRCS

2:45 Conservation Practice Standard Changes, Christine Hall & Kaitlin Farbotnik, NRCS

  • Nutrient Management – Phosphorus Index and others
  • Discussion on the May release of updated Conservation Practice Standards               

2:50  Open Discussion                             

3:00 Next Meeting Date & Adjourn,  Carrie Lindig, NRCS

Reasonable accommodations will be made upon request. 

  • ACEP – Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • ALE - Agricultural Land Easements
  • ALE-GSS - Grassland of Special Significance
  • AMA – Agricultural Management Assistance Program
  • CAP – Conservation Activity Plan
  • CIG – Conservation Innovation Grant
  • CRP – Conservation Reserve Program
  • CREP - Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
  • CStP – Conservation Stewardship Program
  • EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
  • EWP- Emergency Watershed Protection
  • HFRP - Healthy Forest Reserve Program
  • RCPP - Regional Conservation Partnership Program
  • SAFE - State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement
  • WLFW - Working Lands for Wildlife
  • WRE - Wetlands Reserve Easements


The New Jersey State Technical Committee is chaired by the NRCS State Conservationist who can be contacted at the following address:

Carrie Lindig, State Conservationist
220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor
Somerset NJ 08873
Phone: 732-537-6040
E-mail: Carrie Lindig at

For More Information

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.

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State Technical Committee Fact Sheet - A Seat at the Table for Conservation Policy (1337 kb)


This page last updated July 29, 2019