USDA StrikeForce Initiative in South Carolina
USDA launched the StrikeForce Initiative in South Carolina in March 2013. The primary goal of the StrikeForce initiative is to increase partnership with rural communities and leverage community resources in targeted, persistent poverty areas. Recognizing that 90 percent of all persistent poverty counties are in rural parts of the country, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deployed a cross-agency “StrikeForce” to better serve persistent poverty communities and socially disadvantaged farmers by coordinating activities among all agencies and leveraging expertise working with Community Based Organizations (CBO’s).
SC StrikeForce Mission Statement
To provide services in the realms of farming and community development to all people in a manner that improves their understanding of USDA programs and services, increases their participation in USDA programs, and encourages them to participate in resource planning, and the decision-making process.
USDA is committed not only to improving access to programs, but also to making USDA programs work better; thus, enhancing the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers, and socially disadvantaged farmers, as well as promoting and assisting in the development of sustainable rural communities in South Carolina.
This will be accomplished by:
• Providing information on USDA programs and services to all groups in South Carolina.
• Gaining the trust and acceptance of underserved individuals and groups.
• Assisting underserved individuals and groups with identifying their natural resource concerns. Providing them with technical and financial assistance available from USDA, partners, and other agencies or organizations that would help them improve their land and/or communities.
• Providing assistance in understanding programs, how to use programs, and completing forms.
• Developing partnerships to assist with reaching underserved customers.
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South Carolina StrikeForce Factsheet 2014 (582 KB)
South Carolina StrikeForce Brochure (1 MB)
USDA StrikeForce Factsheet (399 KB)
South Carolina StrikeForce Flyer (258 KB)
South Carolina StrikeForce County Contacts (163 KB)
How to Apply for Conservation Program Assistance (170 KB)
Combined Agencies Programs (215 KB)
Food and Nutrition Service Flyer (165 KB)
When applying for programs, please visit your local NRCS office.
StrikeForce is helping us direct needed USDA resources to individuals and communities in South Carolina's 27 StrikeForce counties. The counties are: Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lancaster, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, Union, and Williamsburg.
StrikeForce Success Story in South Carolina!
Oliver and Martin Smith of Bennettsville, SC, have fond memories of their childhood home and the forestland which surrounds it. After harvesting timber on their property a few years ago, the landowners wanted to replant. They then visited NRCS District Conservationist Frank Stephens to seek assistance with a reforestation plan, as NRCS offers a variety of financial incentives to woodland owners who want to protect and improve their land. Read more....