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Civil Rights Vision

To be an inclusive, diverse, and equitable Agency that delivers programs and services in a manner based on and consistent with fairness, equality, availability, and accountability while ensuring that applicants and employees are treated with respect and free from discrimination.

Civil Rights Mission

Delivers programs and services related to civil rights to ensure compliance with federal regulations and USDA guidance.

A Civil Rights message from the Acting State Conservationist

Clint Evans, Texas 

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a legacy of providing practical, science-based, site-specific technical assistance to landowners and land managers to plan and apply conservation practices to address natural resource concerns on private lands.  

NRCS delivers these services to all persons through the long- standing partnerships with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs), in addition to numerous other partnerships. This conservation legacy is the result of the dedication and hard work of Texas NRCS employees across the state in getting conservation on the land.  

A goal of this agency is to treat all employees and customers with dignity and respect and to ensure that all people are aware of and have an equal opportunity to receive assistance and participate in our programs.  

The Texas Civil Rights Advisory Committee (CRAC) played a critical role in Fiscal Year 2019 in this effort. Under the leadership of Pat Harris, Chair, the Committee has done an excellent job in achieving this goal. The committee’s many accomplishments are showcased in this Activity Report.  

The Committee completed Civil Rights Compliance reviews in 10 field offices and this fiscal year. Employees were also recognized for their achievements in civil rights through the Texas Civil Rights Awards program.  

Program application and participation data for financial assistance programs was distributed to field offices to assist in evaluating and taking actions to ensure that equitable assistance is being provided to all persons.  

The Texas NRCS website has a Civil Rights link and is updated regularly to ensure that information about CRAC activities and Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity in our agency is available to employees and others. 

I appreciate the work of the CRAC and the Special Emphasis Program Managers (SEPMs) this year. NRCS employees have demonstrated that Civil Rights is not an afterthought, but rather the way that we do business.