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State Technical Committee

West Virginia State Technical Committee

In accordance with 7 CFR Part 610, Subpart C, NRCS has established a technical committee in each State to assist in making recommendations relating to the implementation and technical aspects of natural resource conservation activities and programs.

Responsibilities of State Technical Committees

It is the responsibility of the State Technical Committee to –

  1. Provide information, analysis, and recommendations to USDA on conservation priorities and criteria for natural resources conservation activities and programs, including application and funding criteria, recommended practices, and program payment percentages.
  2. Identify emerging natural resource concerns and program needs.
  3. Recommend conservation practice standards and specifications.
  4. Recommend State and national program policy based on resource data.
  5. Review activities of the local working groups to ensure State priorities are being addressed locally.
  6. Make recommendations to the State Conservationist on requests and recommendations from local working groups.
  7. Assist NRCS with public outreach and information efforts and identify educational and producers’ training needs.

State Technical Committee Membership

Each State Technical Committee will be composed of agricultural producers, owners and operators of nonindustrial private forest land, and other professionals who represent a variety of interests and disciplines in the soil, water, wetlands, plant, and wildlife sciences.

Each State Technical Committee must include representatives from all of the following:

  1. NRCS
  2. Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  3. FSA State Committee
  4. U.S. Forest Service
  5. National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly the Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service)
  6. Each of the federally recognized American Indian Tribal governments and Alaskan Native Corporations encompassing 100,000 acres or more in the State
  7. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  8. State departments and agencies within the State, including the following:
    1. Agricultural agency
    2. Fish and wildlife agency
    3. Forestry agency
    4. Soil and water conservation agency
    5. Water resources agency
  9. Agricultural producers representing the variety of crops and livestock or poultry raised within the State
  10. Owners of nonindustrial private forest land
  11. Nonprofit organizations (as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986) that demonstrate conservation expertise and experience working with agricultural producers in the State
  12. Agribusiness
  13. Other Federal agencies and persons knowledgeable about economic and environmental impacts of conservation techniques and programs as determined by the State Conservationist.

To ensure that recommendations of the State Technical Committee take into account the needs of diverse groups served by USDA, membership will include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the conservation and related technical concerns of particular historically underserved groups and individuals including but not limited to women, persons with disabilities, and socially disadvantaged and limited-resource groups.

Individuals or groups wanting to become members of a State Technical Committee within a specific State may submit a request that explains their interest and outlines their credentials for becoming a member to the State Conservationist. 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.  Decisions of the State Conservationist concerning membership on the committee are final and not appealable. State Technical Committee membership will be posted on the NRCS State Web site.

 

The public is invited to attend any and all meetings of the West Virginia State Technical Committee Meetings. 

Persons with disabilities who require special accommodations and/or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) associated with this meeting should contact the STC Secretary at 304-284-7546 at least two weeks prior to any scheduled meeting with his/her specific request.