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Kansas NRCS Announces Civil Rights Award Winner

Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced Ashley M. Visocsky, as this year’s winner of the 2017 Kansas Individual Civil Rights Achievement Award.   This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in the area of civil rights program delivery.

Visocsky coordinated a team to work with producers in Rice County as an informal outreach effort to women producers in regards to NRCS Farm Bill programs.

It is through Visocsky’s everyday interactions with female producers, that has provided the information and encouragement necessary to increase female program application rates for Rice County to 19% of all participants.   

“Our Civil Rights program provides a valuable connection and opportunity for communities across the state to participate in natural resource management,” said acting Kansas NRCS State Conservationist Sheldon Hightower.  “We thank Ashley for her dedication and work to conserve and enhance the natural resources in Kansas.  Ashley's communication skills and openness to all applicants has been a vital part of encouraging female participation in NRCS programs in Rice County,” he added.