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Civil Rights Committee

Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights

Louisiana NRCS Civil Rights Posters and Bulletin Board Materials

Policy: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Louisiana Contacts:

State Conservationist/Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer:
Kevin D. Norton
3737 Government Street
Alexandria, LA 71302

State Administrative Officer:
Sheila Ryland

Civil Rights Chair:
Mike Turpin

Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Name Affiliation Term
Committee Chairperson
CR Program Manager/Advisor
State Outreach Coordinator
Asian American/Pacific Islander SEP Manager
Black SEP Manager
Disability Employment SEP Manager
Federal Women SEP Manager
Hispanic SEP Manager
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender SEP Manager
Native American SEP Manager
Brandon Waltman
Veterans SEP Manager
Jason Hardie
Limited Resource & Small-Scale Farmers
& Socially Disadvantaged Producers Coordinator
CR Committee Area Advisor
CR Committee Members - Area I
CR Committee Member - Area II


CR - Civil Rights
EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
SEP - Special Emphasis Program


Special Emphasis Programs Web Pages

Special emphasis programs are an important part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The special emphasis program managers along with program managers assist Louisiana's State Conservationist to ensure that equal opportunity is present in all aspects of NRCS programs and services. Louisiana's State Conservationist and staff provide leadership to identify under representation and ensure that positive actions are being taken to address problem areas. Special emphasis program managers provide advice and assistance to Louisiana's State Conservationist and management staff to help meet civil rights program goals and objectives. The Special Program Managers also assist the State Conservationist to ensure effective communications among all persons involved with the civil rights responsibilities.

AA/PI - Asian American/Pacific Islander Program
AI/ANP - American Indian/Alaska Native Program
BEP - Black Emphasis Program
DEP - Disability Employment Program
FWP - Federal Women's Program
HEP - Hispanic Emphasis Program
LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Program
VEPM - Veteran's Emphasis Program

Additional Information

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Limited English Proficiency Handbook (PDF; 51 KB)

2010 Federal Equal Opportunity Recruitment Program (FEORP) Report (PDF; 503 KB) 


National NRCS Outreach and Advocacy Division Staff
14th & Independence Ave., SW, Room 6831-S
Washington, DC  20250
Phone:  202-205-7441
Fax:  202-205-0117


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