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State Technical Committee

NRCS Caribbean Director Almodóvar discusses hurricane recovery progress with partners at June 20, 2018 State Technical Committee Meeting at USDA-IITF in San Juan.
NRCS Caribbean Director, Edwin Almodóvar, discusses hurricane recovery progress with partners at June 20, 2018 State Technical Committee Meeting at USDA-IITF in San Juan, PR.

Next Meeting:

  • June 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., USDA Forest Service - International Institute of Tropical Forestry, Jardín Botánico Sur, 1201 Calle Ceiba, San Juan, PR (Agenda).  For those unable to physically attend the meeting, you can connect via toll-free teleconference by dialing 1-888-844-9904, Access code 4498730#

2018 Meeting Schedule

Overview

State Technical Committee Meeting, St Croix, USVI, Dec. 16 2015State Technical Committees 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.

The Committees meet regularly to provide information, analysis, and recommendations to appropriate USDA officials, who strongly consider their advice. Individuals or groups wanting to participate as members on a State Technical Committee may submit requests to the Caribbean Area Director explaining their interest and relevant credentials.

Former VI Agriculture Commisioner, Dr. Louis Petersen; Former PR Ag Secretary, Dr. Myrna Comas; NRCS-CB Director, Edwin Almodóvar; Dr. William Gould, Caribbean Climate Hub at December 2013 meeting.
Former VI Agriculture Commisioner, Dr. Louis Petersen; Former PR Ag Secretary, Dr. Myrna Comas; NRCS-CB Director, Edwin Almodóvar; Dr. William Gould, Caribbean Climate Hub at December 2013 STC meeting.

Decision Making Process

The list of eligible practices in the Caribbean Area, payment rates and limits, eligible resource concerns, and state scoring criteria are developed based on input and recommendations from the STC. County-level priorities are based on input from Local Working Groups (Grupo de Trabajo Locales, LWG) that provide feedback to their respective Field Offices.

The priorities set at the state and county level are those that the STC and LWG respectively determined were of the greatest need and would have the greatest positive environmental impact. The scoring process at both the state and local level was developed in order to select those projects that would provide the greatest environmental benefit, and therefore provide the greatest public good.

October 2010 State Technical Committee Meeting.More Information

Edwin Almodóvar, NRCS Caribbean Area Director, 787-281-4836 or 787-370-2073