USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
Every day, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides assistance to help grow American agriculture and provide tools to increase opportunity for rural communities. Unfortunately, 90 percent of America's persistent poverty counties are in rural America. USDA's StrikeForce aims to increase investment in rural communities for technical assistance and other resources in priority, poverty-stricken communities.
The results have already been impressive. For example, Farm Service Agency loans in StrikeForce areas were up almost 10 percent in 2012 over 2011 - even when the nation as a whole saw farm lending drop 10 percent. In the Natural Resource Conservation Service, program application by underserved producers last year increased by 82 percent in StrikeForce areas. Rural Housing loans were up more than 110 percent in 2012 over 2011 in StrikeForce areas.
Learn more about how StrikeForce is encouraging growth and creating opportunity, and how you can get involved.
- Fact Sheet: StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity (PDF, 399KB)
- Press Release: Secretary Vilsack Launches USDA "StrikeForce" Initiative to Boost Rural Economic Growth and Opportunity (March 26, 2013)
- StrikeForce Stories (USDA Blog)
- Everything You Wanted to Know About Grants.gov (Webinar)
This presentation will cover the Grants.gov registration, find and apply process. Grants.gov is the single on-line portal where 26 Federal grant-making agencies post their grant funding opportunities and where applicants can go to find and apply for those opportunities. Many eligible rural communities, nonprofit organizations and other entities must use Grants.gov to access funding that will help alleviate poverty in designated StrikeForce counties.
- Natural Resource Conservation Service
Through StrikeForce, NRCS is working with more farmers and ranchers than ever in communities that face persistent poverty. As a result, these producers are seeing their operations become more sustainable while their conservation practices help promote clean air and water, healthy soil, wildlife habitat and resistance to extreme weather events, such as drought.