USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
Growing the economy by investing in rural communities, farmers, makers and innovators, and increasing opportunities for families are keys to our nation's future, said Vilsack. "StrikeForce has proven to be an effective, collaborative process that builds partnerships and enables USDA to bring economic opportunity directly to rural Americans where they live and helps rural communities leverage their assets.
Launched in 2010, more than 1,500 StrikeForce partnerships have already helped USDA support nearly 190,000 projects and invest $23.5 billion in high-poverty areas in rural America.
StrikeForce is part of the Obama Administration's commitment to address persistent poverty across America. USDA identifies census tracts with over 20 percent poverty (according to American Community Survey data) to identify sub-county pockets of poverty. As areas of persistent poverty are identified, USDA staff work with state, local and community officials to increase awareness of USDA programs and help build program participation through intensive community outreach and technical assistance.
On January 15, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the expansion of the Department's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative into high-poverty counties in four additional states; Florida, Missouri, Montana, and Ohio.
Altogether, 970 counties, parishes, boroughs, and census areas through StrikeForce. Learn more about how StrikeForce is making a difference in the Fact Sheets highlighting result through 2015, below:
See the National Map of StrikeForce Counties (PDF, 4MB):
2015 National Results (PDF, 304KB)
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia