The USDA announced today it is awarding $1.5 million to fund a pilot project to control feral swine in Louisiana and nine other states across the country as part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program – a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The goal of the program is to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.
If you or someone you know owns land, it’s no surprise that feral swine cause significant damage to crop and grazing lands.
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry application to be part of the project provided the necessary match and capabilities needed to work with the Gulf Coast Soil and Water Soil Conservation District, the Natchitoches, Dugdemona, Red River, Grant, and Rapides Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Madison, and Tensas-Concordia Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Technicians with surveillance and trapping techniques will follow APHIS Wildlife Services’ operational lead for the specific purpose of building local coalitions and a coordinated effort to reduce feral swine populations on agricultural lands.
Additional information on NRCS’ feral swine control work can be found at http://nrcs.usda.gov/fscp.