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The New York State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) is an advisory group coordinated by the State Conservationist to help organize and deliver Farm Bill related program benefits. General meetings of the STAC are scheduled four times each year or announced for special program activities.

Subcommittees of the STAC are organized to address current issues and details of various Farm Bill programs. Occasionally, ad hoc subcommittees may also be created to address special programs or as determined by the State Conservationist. Subcommittee meetings are scheduled to coincide with requirements for implementation of specific programs. The organization of the New York STAC also includes a link to Local Work Groups. Through a locally led process, Local Work Groups also serve in an advisory role and their input is included in the STAC meetings.

To participate in your local conservation work group, contact your local USDA Service Center. To participate in the New York State Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), please contact Tammy Willis. Contact information provided below.

Meeting Information

Next STAC Meeting

Please hold the date of January 6th, 2016 for the next State Technical Committee meeting. The meeting will be held at the NRCS-New York State Office. The address is shown below.

NRCS New York State Office
441 South Salina Street, Suite 354
Syracuse, New York 13202

Meeting Agenda

An agenda for the January 6th, 2016 meeting will be forthcoming. If you have any items for the meeting please send to Angela VanDyke, no later than December 16th, 2015.

Quarterly Meeting Dates

The following dates are being scheduled for the State Technical Committee meetings. Please note the dates are subject to change.

April 6th 2016
July 13th, 2016
October 5th, 2016

Meeting Minutes

The minutes for the January 29, 2015 meeting are now available.

Past Meeting Agendas

State Technical Committee Meeting Agenda - revised May 5, 2015 (PDF; 64 KB)
State Technical Advisory Committee - PowerPoint presentation, May 6, 2015 (PPTX; 680 KB)

Map, Directions, Information

New York State and Syracuse overview map (PDF; 535 KB)
Downtown Syracuse: Parking, Lodging, Malls, Parks, Colleges (PDF; 535 KB)
Parking Arrangements - The Galleries Garage (PDF; 172 KB)

State Technical Sub-Committees

Points of Contact
Name Name of Sub-committee Telephone
Kim Farrell Wildlife Sub-committee 315-477-6537 office
Mike Fournier Forestry Sub-committee 315-477-6532 office
John Whitney Tribal Sub-committee 716 652-8480 office
Peter Gibbs Easement Sub-committee 315-477-6543
Dale Gates Energy Sub-committee 315-736-3316 extension 5
Dennis DeWeese Water Quality Sub-committee 315-477-6527 office
Paul Salon Soil Health Sub-committee 607-562-8404 extension 103

Local Work Groups

NRCS Local Work Groups are subcommittees of the NRCS State Technical Committee and they meet annually to provide recommendations on local natural resource priorities to assist USDA NRCS in providing Farm Bill program conservation programs in New York.

Information Contact

Tammy Willis, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Telephone: 315-477-6503Service Center Locator
E-mail: Tammy Willis