StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
USDA launched the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity in 2010 to ensure underserved communities in rural America gain equal access to all USDA programs and services. Since that time, it has grown to encompass over 400 counties and Indian reservations in 20 states.
NRCS in Virginia joined this effort in 2013, partnering with other USDA agencies and local nonprofit organizations to host outreach meetings to increase awareness of and enrollment in NRCS programs among producers who have not traditionally worked with NRCS.
As a result, producers are seeing their operations become more economically and agronomically sustainable while their conservation practices help promote clean air and water, healthy soil, wildlife habitat and resistance to extreme weather events, such as drought.
View a map of target counties for Virginia StrikeForce.
Download the Virginia StrikeForce Fact Sheet (pdf, 612KB).
Download a Spanish language version of the USDA StrikeForce Fact Sheet (pdf, 83KB)
Luis Echevarria (photo by Stacia Childers)
USDA Partners Help Cuban-American Grower Buy Land to Continue Family Farming Heritage on Virginia's Eastern Shore
Luis Echevarria’s journey from Cuba to Virginia’s Eastern Shore has had more than a few twists and turns but seems to have come full circle on La Caridad Farm, his 39.75 acre egg and pastured meat operation in Accomack County.
“I grew up on a farm where we raised everything we ate,” says Echevarria. “My dream was to come to America, go to school, and have a job where I could be outside and work with animals. Why not buy my own farm where people can know where their meat is coming from?”