Through StrikeForce, NRCS is working with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty. As a result, these producers are seeing their operations become more sustainable while their conservation practices help promote clean air and water, healthy soil, wildlife habitat and resistance to extreme weather events, such as drought.
Hispanic farmers embrace conservation with StrikeForce
Alfredo and Sabrina Zamora have spent their lives farming in Cochise County, Ariz., where they raise cotton, pecans and alfalfa in rural, arid, open land just 30 miles from the United States and Mexico border.
Conservation is at the core of their operation, as they have worked with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for hands-on conservation planning and implementation of practices with NRCS financial assistance.