The goal of the Hispanic Special Emphasis Program is to address and work towards the representation of Hispanic employees in the NRCS workforce, improve awareness and understanding of Hispanic cultures, and to improve program delivery to Hispanic groups, individuals and communities.
The Hispanic Special Emphasis Program was established by a Presidential Directive in 1970 as a Sixteen Point Program for Spanish Speaking Americans. It was designed to assure consideration of the needs and problems of people of Hispanic origin in all aspects of Federal personnel management. Hispanics are persons of Mexican, Cuban, Central and South American or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Current HEPM Projects in New York
Translating to Spanish USDA literature to customers
Providing technical assistance and leadership to Hispanic landowners and operators as well as NRCS
Educating the Hispanic community about agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service