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Hispanic Emphasis Program

Louisiana Hispanic Emphasis Program

Michaelene Buller
Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager
Phone: 318-473-7684


Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2012


Diversity United, Building America's Future Today

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. “Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today” is the theme for this year’s celebration.

During the Hispanic Heritage Month, America celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the many ways that Hispanic Americans have participated in and contributed to all that America is. The rich diversity of Hispanic culture strengthens us.

To celebrate this event NRCS has announced the winner of our 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster Contest. Mr. Thomas Share's poster entry will serve as the agency's official poster for 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

Download the NRCS 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month poster:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

NRCS 2012 Hispanic Heritage Poster (PDF; 6.3 MB)

2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month Announcement:

National Bulletin 230-12-28 (PDF; 119 KB)

Additional Resources:

Census Bureau's Facts for Features Series: Hispanic Heritage Month (PDF; 80 KB)

The Library of Congress Web site: Hispanic Heritage Month

Smithsonian Center for Education: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012

NRCS 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster
2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster (PDF; 6.3 MB)

Click on the image above to download
a copy of the poster (in PDF format)



NRCS Hispanic Emphasis Program

The Hispanic Emphasis Program (HEP) was established initially by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a 16-Point Federal employment plan to assure consideration of the needs and problems of persons of Hispanic origin in all aspects of Federal personnel management and program delivery. Hispanic origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States.

Honoring the Nation’s Hispanic Farmers

Farm operators of Hispanic, Latino and Spanish origin now comprise 2.5 percent of all farmers and ranchers in the United States, according to the most recent Census of Agriculture, conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). According to these data, there are 66,671 farms with Hispanic operators, covering more than 24.6 million acres of U.S. farmland. The states with the highest percentages of Hispanic-operated farms are New Mexico, California and Texas. Hispanic farmers and ranchers are also becoming more diverse as a group. The latest census data showed that 12 percent of all Hispanic operators are women. Read more...

2010 U.S. Census Bureau Reports

These reports analyze population and housing data collected from the 2010 Census and provide a snapshot of the Hispanic or Latino population in the United States. According to the 2010 Census, 308.7 million people resided in the United States on April 1, 2010, of which 50.5 million (or 16 percent) were of Hispanic or Latino origin. More than half of the growth in the total U.S. population between 2000 and 2010 was due to the increase in the Hispanic population. The Hispanic population grew in every region between 2000 and 2010, and most significantly in the South and Midwest. View or download the reports listed below:

Understanding the Hispanic Culture

These sites provide information on Latino demographics, trends, culture, and achievements in America.

Websites and Documents of Interest:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

Web Soil Survey Brochure in Spanish (PDF; 1.7 MB)
USDA English-Spanish Glossary (PDF; 3.0 MB)