Iowa NRCS supports the policy of USDA to provide equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
We are fully dedicated to ensuring that all persons associated with NRCS in Iowa comply with every aspect of our nation’s Civil Rights laws and policies. All employees are expected to model equal opportunity, civil rights, and cultural transformation, and managers and supervisors must demonstrate an elevated regard by supporting civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and cultural transformation.
Historically Underserved Communities
Some groups of people are identified in Farm Bill legislation and in USDA policy as being Historically Underserved (HU). Four groups are defined by USDA as “Historically Underserved,” including farmers or ranchers who are: Beginning, Socially Disadvantaged, Military veterans and Limited Resource.
Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC)
CRAC members and the Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPMs) help ensure that Federal agencies institute, plan, and take affirmative steps to provide equal opportunity to women and minority applicants and employees in all areas of employment (recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, and awards); and provide a means for women and minorities to communicate their concerns to management.
Jaia Fischer, Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy, is the Civil Rights/EEO Advisor for Iowa NRCS. She can be reached at (515) 284-4525.
Black Emphasis Program