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Civil Rights

Minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and other groups of individuals who have not fully participated in or benefited from NRCS programs and services are provided equal access and equal opportunity under different nondiscrimination statutory provisions. All persons must be adequately informed of NRCS equal opportunity policy and encouraged to participate in all NRCS programs and activities.

It is the policy of NRCS that all federally assisted and federally conducted programs will be administered in accordance with requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975, the Equal Opportunity Act, Executive Orders, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations enforcing nondiscrimination requirements, and Departmental rules and regulations. Compliance ensures access in all aspects of delivery of program benefits and service to the public without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status.

DE CRAC Mission Statement

To provide services to all people in a manner that improves their understanding of USDA programs and services, increases their participation in USDA programs, and encourages them to participate in resource planning and the decision-making process.

This will be accomplished by:
  • Providing information on USDA programs and services to all groups
  • Gaining the trust and acceptance of underserved individuals and groups
  • Assisting underserved individuals and groups with identifying their natural resource concerns. Providing them with technical and financial assistance available from USDA, partners, and other agencies or organizations that would help them improve their land and/or communities
  • Providing assistance in understanding programs, how to use programs, and completing forms
  • Developing partnerships to assist with reaching underserved customers

Policy: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Delaware Contacts:

State Conservationist/Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer:
Kasey Taylor

Ethics Officer:
Eileen Campbell

Civil Rights Chair:
Ann Baldwin