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Texas is one of 21 states, along with the entire island of Puerto Rico, participating in the recently expanded USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative announced March 19, 2015, by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.

This national initiative was established to address the specific challenges associated with rural poverty.   Using data from the National Census, USDA state based leadership identified specific rural areas enduring the worst chronic poverty in need of attention.  StrikeForce teams have facilitated collaboration with more than 500 community partners and public entities to bring targeted assistance to these areas.

Texas has 96 StrikeForce counties. NRCS, collaborators and partners are focusing additional outreach efforts and assistance on accelerating the delivery of NRCS’ available technical and financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and communities in these counties. NRCS technical and financial assistance efforts are already making a difference in the lives of landowners.

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The following 96 counties in Texas are now designated as StrikeForce counties:

Atascosa, Bee, Brazos, Briscoe, Brooks, Caldwell, Cameron, Camp, Castro, Cherokee, Cochran, Coleman, Collingsworth, Comanche, Concho, Crane, Crosby, Culberson, Dawson, Delta, Dickens, Dimmit, Duval, Eastland, Edwards, El Paso, Erath, Falls, Floyd, Foard, Frio, Gaines, Garza, Gonzales, Hale, Hall, Hardeman, Hidalgo, Houston, Howard, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kenedy, Kinney, Kleberg, Knox, Lamb, La Salle, Limestone, Lynn, McCulloch, McLennan, Madison, Marion, Matagorda, Maverick, Morris, Motley, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Nueces, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Polk, Potter, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Robertson, Runnels, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Saba, Schleicher, Shelby, Starr, Stephens, Terry, Trinity, Tyler, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Walker, Waller, Webb, Wilbarger, Willacy, Winkler, Yoakum, Zapata, Zavala​


Bertha Venegas, State Outreach Coordinator