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NRCS Civil Rights Program in North Dakota

In North Dakota, the Natural Resources Conservation Service staff works closely with USDA Service Center partners and other organizations to provide equitable service to all customers and potential customers, and to provide equal opportunities for all employees and potential employees.

North Dakota Civil Rights Advisor

Jill Howard, Assistant State Conservationist (Partnerships), is our Civil Rights/EEO Liaison Officer. Jill can be reached at (701) 530-2073 or Cell (701) 214-8874.


A guiding force in promoting civil rights as essential to a quality work environment and program delivery.


To serve as a communication network to promote and enhance civil rights opportunities in North Dakota and provide recommendations and counsel to the State Conservationist.


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Civil Rights Materials

National Observances

  • September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • January - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (3rd Monday)
  • February - Black History Month
  • March - Women's History Month
  • April - National Volunteer Week (3rd week)
  • April - Take "Your Child to Work" Day (4th Thursday)
  • May - National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
  • June - LGBT Pride Month
  • August 26 - Women's Equality Day
  • October - Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • November - Native American History Month

North Dakota NRCS Civil Rights Committee Members

Member Title Committee Role Location Phone #
Patti Burian Soil Conservationist Chairperson
Area 2 Representative
Ashley FO 701.288.3406 x116
Michael Cox Program Assistant Vice Chairperson
Area 3 Representative
Hettinger FO 701.567.2462 x113
Amy Sand District Conservationist Secretary
Area 1 Representative
Bottineau FO 701.228.3611 x101
Amanda Brandt District Conservationist Area 2 Representative Valley City FO 701.845.3114 x125
Vacant   Area 1 Representative    
Vacant   Area 3 Representative    
Vacant   State Office Representative    

Special Emphasis Program Managers

Equal Opportunity Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating 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 (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

  USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.