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Introduction

Introduction

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"The Link to maximizing potential and conserving our nation's resources"

The National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees (The Organization) was established for action. The primary goal of The Organization is to enhance the awareness, knowledge and understanding of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and operating procedures for Blacks within the agency and improve levels of education and professionalism in order to increase the participation of Blacks in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields. However, the membership in The Organization is, and will always be, open to all current and retired employees of NRCS.

The Organization was founded at a time when Blacks in NRCS had limited access to top management positions, little, if any, participation in professional organizations, and no organized system for networking. Given this situation many Blacks and others became interested in providing a means for supporting an organization that gave employees access to top management, training in the current and new technology, developing their speaking and presentation skills, and pride in professionalism.

The members that make up The Organization represent a diverse and varied technical and professional background and they are located in all grades and series. These individuals are unique, some are in key policy making positions at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NRCS. In these positions they are providing the work force the best work environment possible by creating an institutional climate that welcomes diversity, encourages innovation, and rewards creativity and achievement.

The past five years of success in getting approximately 50 percent of Blacks within NRCS and others to join The Organization is a tribute to its sound objectives and principles. The Organization's members, like so many others, believe in the American dream.

America has always been a "field of dreams", a land of great expectations. The country grew up with a culture of achievement, an ethic of personal responsibility and an abiding faith in progress.

As a land of diversity, it is often referred to as a "melting pot". This was the place where any person, who was willing to take responsibility and work hard enough, could get ahead. We believe this is still true today. However, The Organization must make a special effort to enhance the awareness of and promote methodologies to achieve the full participation of Blacks in agriculture, natural resources and related fields.

Over the past decade, Black Americans and other farmers and ranchers with limited resources have made very little progress in reducing soil erosion, loss of wetlands, enrollment in the conservation reserve program (CRP) and other programs to conserve natural resources. In part, this may be attributed to the lack of an aggressive outreach effort within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The Organization, in partnership with NRCS, conservation districts, 1890 institutions, state and local conservation agencies, and others will work together to stabilize Black and other under served farmers' land loss, help increase agricultural productivity, keep agriculture profitable, and improve the environment.

The National Organization's website is http://www.nopbnrcse.org.