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Leaders from Heifer International and the U.S. Department of Agriculture gathered Monday in Hughes to celebrate Heifer's commitment to working in a USDA StrikeForce area.
Heifer International recently launched the first phase of the Seeds of Change project, which aims to improve the income of small farmers in areas of Appalachia and the Arkansas Delta. The project also aims to make healthy foods more accessible to hungry families by creating sustainable food systems. Welcomes were given by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, St. Francis County Judge Gary Hughes, Hughes Mayor Lawrence Owens and Hughes School Superintendent Jimmy Wilkins. Tamidra Marable, program manager for Heifer International, said, "We're very excited to be here today. There is a true recognition of a need for collective commitment."