USDA StrikeForce Initiative in Texas
Texas is one of 20 states participating in the recently expanded USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative announced Jan. 17, 2014, by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack.
This national initiative is designed to provide relief in persistent poverty counties, 85 percent of which are in rural areas, by bringing together USDA agencies, partners, CBOs, stakeholders and communities in an effort to more effectively leverage resources. The goal is to increase USDA outreach to underserved populations and rural communities, while also improving access to and participation in USDA programs, as well as working to provide additional economic benefits 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
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