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Inside a high tunnel provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conversation Service (NRCS) Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (MAUF) CEO Bobby Wilson shows Farm Service Agency (FSA) Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator Rodney Brooks some strawberries he is experimenting with by growing in cloth tubes. 
Wilson established Metro Atlanta Urban Farming (MAUF)  in 2009 to address the growing need of affordable food in low-income communities. 
His five-acre plot of land in the hear of College Park

Civil Rights Committee-Illinois

At NRCS we ensure that every employee, applicant, and program participant is treated with dignity, equality, and respect by enforcing civil rights and equal employment opportunity statutes, protected federal laws, policies, management directives, and executive orders.

Illinois Civil Rights Committee

The Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Civil Rights Committee is responsible for consulting with the management of the Illinois NRCS to provide guidance and solutions to accomplish the Federal Civil Rights Program and enhance workforce diversity. The committee anticipates that their assistance will lead to an employment and program delivery environment free of discrimination. The committee also provides leadership in planning relevant activities that take place in Illinois, involving the NRCS and the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) employees.

Equal Opportunity Contacts

Illinois’ Equal Opportunity Officials
Name Position Phone Number Email
Ivan Dozier
Deputy EO Officer
Ben Schmidt
EO Liaison
Hannah McWhirter
Illinois State Co-Chair
Kreed Lewey
Illinois State Co-Chair
Renae Nicholson
Admin. Program Specialist
Margaret Anderson
American Indian & Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager
Eric Peitz
Asian/Pacific Islander Emphasis Program Manager
Jessica Pille
Black Emphasis Program Manager
Megan Deeder
Federal Women’s Emphasis Program Manager
Doug Melvin
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Emphasis Program Manager
Heath Isome
Veterans Emphasis Program Manager
Diane Lamb
Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Hayley Henderson
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Illinois’ Equal Opportunity Representatives
Name Position Phone Number Email
Jaime Vincent
Illinois SO Representative
Hannah McWhirter
Area 1 Representative
Abbie Sperry
Area 2 Representative
Bridget Ragan
Area 3 Representative
Kreed Lewey
Area 4 Representative
Melissa Cauble
SWCD Employee Representative
National Equal Opportunity Officer
Name Position Phone Number Email
Tiffany Wallace
National EO Officer

Civil Rights Committee Calendar

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

No activities scheduled

Black History Month

Federal Women's History Month

Earth Day April 22nd -- Make it a whole month!

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Emphasis Program

No activities scheduled

Cultural Diversity Days

Hispanic Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month

American Indian Heritage Month/Veterans Awareness Month

No activities scheduled to date