If you believe USDA improperly denied you farm loan benefits during 1981-2000, see farmerclaims.gov for info.
The purpose of the Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (MA) NRCS Civil Rights web page is to assist the State Conservationists, the Civil Rights Committee, and the Special Emphasis Program Managers to deliver information about equal opportunity, civil rights, and special emphasis issues and events. This site is a convenient starting point to obtain information pertaining to equal opportunity, civil rights, or special emphasis. This website provides access to agency and departmental civil rights information as well as information specific to RI and MA.
Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and other groups of individuals who have not fully participated in or benefited from NRCS programs and services are provided equal access and equal opportunity under different nondiscrimination statutory provisions. All persons must be adequately informed of NRCS equal opportunity policy and encouraged to participate in all NRCS programs and activities.
It is the policy of NRCS that all federally assisted and federally conducted programs will be administered in accordance with requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, the Equal Opportunity Act, Executive Orders, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations enforcing nondiscrimination requirements, and Departmental rules and regulations. Compliance ensures access in all aspects of delivery of program benefits and service to the public without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status.