StrikeForce, for Rural Growth and Opportunity

 

StrikeForce is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Initiative to leverage USDA and partner’s resources to systemically mitigate persistent poverty in areas by creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development in areas of pervasive poverty, unemployment, and general distress.  StrikeForce aims to improve food security by increasing access to safe and nutritious foods.  Lastly, by expanding the USDA program knowledge of USDA employees, its partners and the public, StrikeForce will effectively expand economic opportunities in these impoverished regions.

USDA StrikeForce website: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=STRIKE_FORCE

Georgia Rural Development StrikeForce Coordinator: Bryan Zulko Phone: (706) 552-2557

USDA StrikeForce was featured at Georgia Farm Monitor TV, watch the YouTube video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5ITcc-2Ylk

Sixty of Georgia’s 159 counties are designated as StrikeForce Counties. These areas, for the past three decades, have had 20% or more of their population living below poverty income levels:

 

 

Appling

Coffee

Irwin

Randolph

Tift

Atkinson

Colquitt

Jefferson

Screven

Toombs

Baldwin

Cook

Jenkins

Seminole

Treutlen

Baker

Crisp

Johnson

Stewart

Turner

Ben Hill

Decatur

Laurens

Sumter

Ware

Berrien

Dodge

Macon

Talbot

Warren

Bulloch

Dooly

Miller

Taliaferro

Washington

Calhoun

Early

Mitchell

Tattnall

Wayne

Candler

Emanuel

Montgomery

Taylor

Webster

Charlton

Evans

Peach

Telfair

Wheeler

Clay

Grady

Pulaski

Terrell

Wilcox

Clinch

Hancock

Quitman

Thomas

Wilkes