/ USDA Deputy Secretary in Tennessee to Promote StrikeForce Initiative
USDA Deputy Secretary in Tennessee to Promote StrikeForce Initiative
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding its StrikeForce Initiative into Tennessee and three other Southern states: Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia. The StrikeForce Initiative is a nationwide effort to provide assistance to farmers who face persistent poverty. In Tennessee, 54 counties are included in the initiative.
Deputy Secretary Harden began her visit in Tennessee at Tennessee State University where she met with state agriculture leaders, producers, students and faculty.
She visited the Sevier County farm of Jason Seaton, a disabled veteran and landowner, to see firsthand the conservation practices he has installed on his farm.
Kevin Brown, NRCS State Conservationist said, “It is an honor to have Deputy Secretary Harden in Tennessee. She is a friend of agriculture; a friend of conservation, and a friend of rural America.”
She also met with approximately 70 producers, agriculture leaders, and NRCS employees in Knoxville to discuss the need for a farm bill, get feedback, answer questions, and announce the recent expansion of StrikeForce.
Deputy Secretary Harden spoke with state agriculture leaders, students and faculty at UT Knoxville along with Sevier County Farm Bureau members, and the Soybean Promotion Board.