Arkansas is one of three pilot states participating in the USDA StrikeForce Initiative. The initiative is designed to help relieve persistent poverty in high poverty counties by accelerating USDA assistance while working closely with Community Based Organizations.
Funding was provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP).
Sixty-seven EQIP applications by historically underserved were funded for $1,083,874. Thirty additional EQIP contracts for $713,096 and 11 WHIP contracts for $124,485 were also funded in Arkansas’s StrikeForce counties.
The counties are: Arkansas, Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Desha, Drew, Hempstead, Howard, Jackson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Nevada, Newton, Ouachita, Phillips, Randolph, Searcy, Sevier, St. Francis and Woodruff.