The Department of Agriculture is investing $11.65 million in 14 projects to help agricultural producers and private landowners trap and control feral swine. 

The investment is part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. 

The investment expands the pilot program to new projects in Alabama, Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. 

The pilot program is a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. 

NRCS will provide funding to partners who will provide financial assistance, education, outreach and trapping assistance to participating landowners in pilot project areas. 

All partner work will be closely coordinated with the APHIS operations in those areas. 

Between the first and second round of funding, there will be a total of 34 active projects across 12 states for the life of the 2018 Farm Bill. 

NRCS Acting Chief Kevin Norton says, “The projects we have identified will be key to addressing the feral swine problem.”

(Story Courtesy of the NAFB News Service)