The mission of the National Organization of Professional Black Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees is to enhance the awareness, knowledge and understanding of conservation programs and policy and to improve levels of education and professionalism in order to increase the participation of Black employees in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields.

From the President

Welcome to the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (The Organization) website.


Let me start by saying thank you for allowing me to serve as your President and lead this great organization. I am honored to serve alongside such a  dedicated and intelligent group of individuals.


Our organization is growing, and the excitement is spreading!  We have several new ventures underway and, for them be successful, we need each and everyone’s participation. I strongly encourage you to:

  • Join our organization
  • Serve on a committee
  • Donate to our James E. Tatum Scholarship Fund
  • Attend our annual Outreach and Ag Education Expo

Join our Organization
If you are not already a member, my sincere hope is that you will join us so that you can take full advantage of your membership with The Organization.  Membership will help to expand your professional networks and your knowledge base and will also allow you to share your expertise with your colleagues throughout the country. To complete your membership application, please click on the ‘Join Us’ tab found on the left side of this screen.


Serve on a Committee
We need you to join one of our several committees. You will play a key role in assisting The Organization accomplish its mission, which is to enhance the awareness and improve the level of education and professional development of Black employees within NRCS and to increase the participation of Blacks in agriculture, natural resources, and related fields. Serving on a committee allows you to network and learn more about the NOPBNRCSE, all while bringing your own valuable talents, passions, and areas of expertise. If you are interested, contact Leander Brown, Vice President of the Executive Board, NOPBNRCSE, at, and he will give you more information and get you signed up! 


Donate to our James E. Tatum Scholarship Fund
The James E. Tatum Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 scholarships to deserving students who are enrolled full time at one of the nineteen Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country. We are aiming to raise $10,000 this year to award up to 10 scholarships to HBCU students. We need your help! Please make a difference and donate by clicking on the blue box near the bottom, right side of this screen!


Attend our Annual Outreach and Ag Education Expo
We are months away from the highly-anticipated 2019 NOPBNRCSE Outreach and Ag Education Expo that will be held at the Atlanta Airport Marriott in Atlanta, Georgia from December 6 - 8! This event promises to be better than the last! Register today by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button found at the top right of this screen.


I look forward to working with you all, and more importantly, I look forward to seeing you at this year’s expo!





Ken Sowers,



to the 2019 Recipients of the
James E. Tatum Scholarship!

James E. Tatum Scholarship Program

"I am honored to receive the James E. Tatum Scholarship and will use the funds for courses at Tuskegee University. This scholarship will allow me to achieve my goal of becoming a veterinarian and a mentor. Thank you NOPBNRCSE and the Tatum Family for investing in futures of students like me!"     

--Maya Sullivan
2018 Scholarship Recipient

Maya Sullivan is a 2018 recipient of the James E. Tatum Scholarship. She is Sophomore at Tuskegee University majoring in Animal Science.   

Make Your James E Tatum Scholarship Pledge Today! 



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