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Pacific Islands Area (PIA)
State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

State Technical Advisory Committees have been and continue to be a vital part of Farm Bill implementation.  NRCS depends on their local knowledge and expertise to implement Farm Bill programs to ensure the process remains locally-led.  The role of the STAC is to serve primarily as a source of information, analysis and recommendation to the PIA Director.

The Food Security Act of 1985 required the formation of STACs to advise NRCS on a variety of issues.  The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 amends the 1985 Farm Bill to identify additional mandatory members and designate multiple areas where the STAC must be involved in or consulted during 2018 Farm Bill implementation.

Each STAC is composed of agricultural producers and other professionals that represent a variety of disciplines in the soil, water, wetland and wildlife sciences and include representatives from the following:

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • The Farm Services Agency
  • The Forest Service.
  • The National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • The State fish and wildlife agency.
  • The State forester or equivalent State official.
  • The State water resources agency.
  • The State department of agriculture.
  • The State association of soil and water conservation districts.
  • Agricultural producers representing the variety of crops and livestock or poultry raised within the State.
  • Owners of nonindustrial private forest land.
  • Nonprofit organizations within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 with demonstrable conservation expertise and experience working with agriculture producers in the State.
  • Agribusiness.
  • The State Cooperative Extension Service and land grant university in the State.

While STAC meetings are open to anyone, membership is at the invitation of and serve at the request of the Director. 

PIA STAC meetings are held quarterly.  Information is sent to STAC members for review and comment prior to the meeting.  Subcommittees, that meet between quarterly STAC meetings, are used to address specific issues. Subcommittee meetings are coordinated by a subcommittee chairperson.  A technical facilitator is assigned to each subcommittee. STAC meetings consist of presentation of issues, review of subcommittee and other feedback, and summary of next steps whether it be to make a recommendation or to send the issue back to subcommittee. 

Dates for the 2019 PIA STAC meetings:

  • May 15, 2019
  • August 14, 2019
  • November 13, 2019

Meetings are held in the NRCS Conference Room at 300 Ala Moana Blvd, Room 4-118.  Those who cannot attend in person may join by calling:

Toll Free:  1-888-844-9904
Access Code:  856-0883#

To receive a copy of the announcement for the next STAC Meeting, complete the STAC member info doc and send it to Susan.kubo@usda.gov.

More Information
For information on the purpose, responsibilities, membership composition, etc. of the NRCS State Technical Committee.
https://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/viewerFS.aspx?hid=27719.

Questions or comments about the PIA STAC may be directed to Susan Kubo, Assistant Director for Partnerships, by calling (808) 600-2933, or emailing Susan.Kubo@usda.gov.