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Advancing Equity at FSA

FSA Equity Statement:

The Farm Service Agency (FSA):

  • embraces the unique qualities of each individual and believes all must have equal access.
  • recognizes equity as a driving force and stands committed to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in all programs and services.

 FSA Believes:

  • Equity Matters. FSA is committed to a continual practice of changing policies, practices, systems, and structures that will be fair, just, and impartial to all individuals.
  • Diversity Matters. FSA values representation of different racial and ethnic groups, LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and women across the workplace and customers we serve on the policies that impact them.
  • Inclusion matters. Individuals impacted by a decision should be engaged in the process.
  • History matters. Plagued by litigation, FSA faces a storied history and current reality of program inequity and biases that have plagued both customers and employees.  FSA will use a new approach for both segments.
  • Leadership matters. Implementing this transformation requires strong, engaged leaders as well as developing emerging leaders to advance equity.  FSA leadership commits to this pledge.
  • Understanding matters. FSA programs and services are often complex, but FSA is committed to foster a new system of outreach, technical assistance, and engagement for all.
  • Information matters. FSA is committed to providing continuous learning opportunities to teach and model successes, and the exchange of information that will allow producers and staff to learn from each other and help leverage change for the better.
  • YOU matter. Whether a producer or an employee, this agency values your input and feedback to improve programs, services, and employment opportunities.

FSA’s Equity actions will result in:

  • Increased Trust with Producers
  • Variety of Perspectives
  • Improved Employee Engagement
  • Reduced Employee Turnover
  • Improved Cultural Culture
  • Better Reputation

FSA Equity Action Plan & Accomplishments

USDA Reports and Findings

FSA Employee Engagement