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Upcoming State Technical Committee and Subcommittee Meetings

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The next State Technical Committee Meeting is slated for October 19, 2022 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Link to Teams Meeting.

  • The agenda will be forthcoming.
  • NOTE: The link to join, and an alternate phone-only option, will be printed on the agenda.  

UPCOMING SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS:

  • June 7, 2022, 10-11 a.m., Soil Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • June 7, 2022, 11a.m-12 p.m., Urban Ag Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • June 13, 2022, 1-3 p.m., Forest and Wildlife Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • July 8, 2022, 9:30a.m-12 p.m., Working Lands (EQIP, CSP, CIC) Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • July 21, 2022, 9:30a.m-12 p.m., Agricultural Land Easement Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • July 25, 2022, 9:30a.m-12 p.m., Wetland Reserve Easement Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • August 8, 2022, 9:30a.m-12 p.m., Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Subcommittee convenes. Link to Teams Meeting.
  • September 6, 2022, 10-11 a.m., Soil Subcommittee convenes. Link to join will be published at a later date.
  • September 6, 2022, 11a.m-12 p.m., Urban Ag Subcommittee convenes. Link to join will be published at a later date.

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What is the State Technical Committee?

The State Technical Committee (STC) provides information, analysis and recommendations on a wide variety of policy issues to NRCS. Although State Technical Committees have no implementation or enforcement authority, USDA gives strong consideration to the Committee's recommendations.You can learn more about the role of the VT NRCS State Technical Committee by reading this fact sheet.

What does the STC do?

The State Technical Committee recommends criteria and guidelines for agricultural and nonindustrial private forestland producers regarding new and existing conservation programs and initiatives. 

Who are the members of the Vermont State Technical Committee?

The Vermont State Technical Committee members come from a variety of backgrounds and provide an invaluable service to the NRCS in making programmatic decisions for Vermont. They are the leaders in their fields of expertise and are deeply concerned about environmental resource concerns.

What are Subcommittees?

Subcommittees are organized to focus on specific issues and they meet separately from the regularly scheduled State Tech. Committee. If you wish to serve on a specific subcommittee, you can do so by requesting via the State Conservationist. Currently, there are several subcommittees inluding: Working Lands (EQIP/CSP/AMA); Forestry; Soils; Agricultural Land Easements; Wetland Reserve Easements; Science Adivsory; and Urban Agriculture. 

When does the State Technical Committee meet?

The STC usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of every other month, although the schedule may change as determined by the State Conservationist.

The meeting announcements are published in the Burlington Free Press legal ads at least 3 weeks prior to the meeting date. All meetings are open to the public. Meeting announcements and minutes from each meeting are distributed via USDA's GovDelivery subscription email system. If you sign up for these automatic updates, you will only receive notifications per the frequency you indicate (daily or once a week). Learn more in this GovDelivery fact sheet.

How can I get a copy of the meeting minutes from STC meetings?

Please see the State Technical Committee Meeting Minutes page of our website.

What are the rules that govern the STC?

Read more about the rules here.

Read the FY 2020 RCPP Classic State Technical Review Guidance document here 

How can I become a member?

Individuals or groups wanting to become a member of the State Technical Committee within Vermont may submit to the State Conservationist a request that explains their credentials for becoming a member of the State Technical Committee. Decisions of the State Conservationist concerning membership on the committee are final and not appealable. The State Conservationist will respond to requests for State Technical Committee membership in writing within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 60 days.

More Information

For more information about the STC and their role, contact the Vermont NRCS State Conservationist at (802) 951-6796.