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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month!

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is honoring contributions made by Hispanic Americans to our nation during National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual commemoration held September 15 to October 15. Each year, this time is set aside to celebrate the history, achievements, culture, and contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

We are very proud of our employees of Hispanic heritage. The outstanding efforts made by NRCS Hispanic employees to assist our nation’s farmers and ranchers are truly appreciated. Their outreach and service to our producers contributes to the efficiency and productivity of American agriculture and to our producers’ stewardship efforts.

The first formal recognition of Hispanic Heritage was made by Congress in 1968, and it was extended in 1988 to span a 30-day period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The month-long observance begins on the same date five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua - celebrate their independence. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their days of independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Quick Facts

  • The United States has the 2nd largest population of Hispanic people in the world, second only Mexico.

  • There are an estimated 59.8 million Hispanic people in the United States, comprising 18.3% of the population.

  • There are more than one million Hispanic residents in ten US states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Texas.

  • 1.28 million Hispanics are Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. (2018)

  • There are 4.65 million Hispanic-owned companies – representing 14% of the 33 million total U.S. businesses. (2018)

  • Today, about 1 out of every 7 businesses is run by a Hispanic American entrepreneur.

  • Latino-owned businesses account for about 4% of U.S. business revenues and 5.5% of U.S. employment.

Join us in supporting the many activities taking place around the Nation in commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov.