USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service to Hold State Tech Meeting

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United States Department of Agriculture -Natural Resources Conservation Service committee meets

Edwin Almodovar, the Caribbean area director of the United Stated Department of Agriculture — Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) is inviting NRCS partners, clients and potential clients to participate in an Oct. 17th State Technical Committee Meeting on St. Thomas. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UVI Small Business Development Center Training Room in Nisky Center. It will be video-conferenced to Room 713, UVI Evans Center on St. Croix.

Those who cannot participate in person may call in to 1-888-844-9904, access code 4498730#.

The morning agenda will focus on hurricane recovery efforts in the USVI, with updates from federal and territorial partners. Following lunch, committee members will visit the Bordeaux farm area and Emergency Watershed Protection Program project sites in Charlotte Amalie.

The State Technical Committee (STC) is an advisory committee to NRCS. Many important decisions about conservation programs are made at the state level, and NRCS professionals strongly consider the committee’s recommendations. These meetings are conducted as open discussions and are focused on USDA programs and activities. In the Caribbean Area, committee meetings are open to all; official membership is not required.

The committee provides input on federal conservation programs, including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP) and Technical Service Providers (TSPs).

For more information on NRCS in the Caribbean Area, visit www.pr.nrcs.usda.gov or follow it on Twitter at NRCS Caribbean.