From the President


Welcome to the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (The Organization) Website.  We invite you to take a few minutes to get to know more about us.


The Organization was chartered July 14, 1992. 

 We were formed, in part, to support the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (formerly the Soil Conservation Service), efforts with recruitment, retention, diversification, leadership development, and to provide networking and training opportunities for our members.  We pride ourselves in our dedication to all of our members, Blacks in agriculture, conservation of our natural resources, and related fields.


NRCS employees and retirees who make up our membership represent a diverse mix of experiences, skills and abilities.  Your hard work on behalf of customer service and conservation programs is an important part of helping NRCS meet the needs of all producers, including the underserved portions of the agriculture industry.  As The Organization goes forward into the future, we must continue to strive for greater diversity in the workforce and improve outreach to small and beginning farmers, foresters and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or who have been underserved in the past. 


I hope you will take full advantage of your membership with The Organization.  Membership will help to expand your professional networks and your knowledge base by sharing your expertise with your colleagues throughout the country. I encourage you to become more active with your local chapter.  I encourage you to attend and participate in The Organization’s Annual Outreach and Ag Education Expo.  We need YOUR participation to keep OUR voice strong.





Kenneth Sowers, President



Dec 6 - Dec 8,  2019

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Airport Marriott





The following Pathways Internship opportunity has been posted to USAJOBS (link below in blue). 



Vacancy Number: NRCS-19-10449539-PW-AR-HM

Open Period:  3/15/2019 – 3/21/2019 

Title:  Student Trainee (Economist)

Grade and Series:  GS-0199 GS-3

There is one (1) vacancy to be filled at the Arkansas State Office, Little Rock, AR



Annual Memberships are due January 1.  Renew your membership by Feb. 28, 2019 to avoid a $10 late fee beginning March 1, 2019


James E. Tatum Scholarship

2018 Scholarship Recipients


Maya Sullivan, Tuskegee

Kyla Harris, Alcorn State

Allison Malone, Univ AR Pine Bluff






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