Texas is one of the states participating in the USDA StrikeForce Initiative. The Strike Force Initiative is designed to provide relief to persistent high-poverty counties - 90 percent of which are in rural areas - by accelerating technical and financial assistance delivered through the Department's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency, and Rural Development.
To implement the StrikeForce Initiative, these agencies work in partnership with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to improve outreach and provide assistance to communities and farmers. Ultimately we want to increase awareness of and participation in USDA's programs, as well as 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.
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?