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Civil Rights

NRCS Civil Rights Program in North Dakota

In North Dakota, the Natural Resources Conservation Service staff works closely with USDA Service Center partners and other organizations to provide equitable service to all customers and potential customers, and to provide equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

ND Civil Rights Advisor

Todd Hagel, Assistant State Conservationist (Water Resources), is our Civil Rights/EEO Liaison Officer. He can be reached at (701) 530-2004.


A guiding force promoting civil rights as essential to a quality work environment and program delivery.


To serve as a communication network to promote and enhance civil rights opportunities in North Dakota and provide recommendations and counsel to the State conservationist.

Civil Rights Materials

The following documents may require Adobe Acrobat.

Civil Rights Brochure (PDF; 408 KB)
Civil Rights Posters and Bulletin Board Materials

Link to National Site

National Observances

  • September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • January - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (3rd Monday)
  • February - Black History Month
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - National Volunteer Week (3rd week)
  • April - Take "Your Child to Work" Day (4th Thursday)
  • May - National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
  • June - LGBT Pride Month
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • October - Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November - Native American History Month
North Dakota NRCS Civil Rights Committee Members
Member Title Location Phone #
Michelle Jezeski District Conservationist Ellendale (Chair) (701) 349-3534 x112
Joshua Elke Soil Conservationist Rolla (Vice Chair) (701) 477-8228 x111
Amy Sand District Conservationist Bottineau (Secretary) (701) 228-3611 x101
Amanda Brandt District Conservationist Valley City (701) 845-3144 x125
Patti Burian Soil Conservationist Beach (701) 872-4551 x 112
Darla Erickson Financial Technician Bismarck SO (701) 530-2012
Juan Ramirez Engineering Technician Bismarck SO (701) 530-2090
Jon Fettig District Conservationist Carson (701) 228-3611 x101

Special Emphasis Program Managers

Equal Opportunity Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because of all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, 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, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.