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Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity

Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity


Equity for People and Programs.


Ensure compliance with Agency policies for conservation and equal opportunity programs, and accountability for the delivery of quality and timely services to our customers.


NRCS Chief Jason Weller has issued a statement confirming the agency’s commitment to the civil rights aims of the federal government.  The attached policy statement was issued to chief_wellerall employees and is to be placed for viewing in all NRCS offices.  NRCS State Conservationist Dave Brown has amplified the intent of the communication by encouraging all Utah NRCS employees to continue their efforts to assure that all fellow employees and every customer is afforded the respect and equal treatment they deserve.

Among other things, Chief Weller said “NRCS employees are its greatest asset for enabling people to be good stewards of the Nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands— in other words, in ‘Helping People Help the Land’ To fulfill our mission and to better provide service throughout the Nation, NRCS employees, and the public we serve, must always be treated in a fair, nondiscriminatory, and equitable manner.”  He emphasized his personal commitment saying “accountability is key, and must start from the top.”

A Civil Rights Advisory Committee exists in Utah to advise the state conservationist on how best to carry out this policy.  Ren Bagley is chair and the entire list of committee members can be seen on the Utah NRCS Website.  Please feel free to contact any of these members or your supervisor for more information on how you can become involved with the committee and be personally engaged in this worthwhile endeavor.

Download a copy of Chief Weller's Civil Rights Policy Statement (PDF, 842 KB)


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Bylaws of the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and Partners Civil Rights Advisory Committee (PDF, 216 KB)



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 all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (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, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.