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USDA to Fund Feral Swine Control Efforts
USAgNet - 10/22/2020

The USDA is accepting applications for partners to help farmers and other landowners with feral swine trapping as part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP).

"USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $12 million available and will accept applications through November 5, 2020, in eight priority states during its second round of project funding," said a Sept. 21 release.

According to Farms.com, the FSCP is a joint pilot run by NRCS and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

"APHIS has had a feral swine program since 2014 and, even prior to that, did feral swine work," Dale Nolte, program manager for the National Feral Swine Damage Management Program, told Farms.com.

The FSCP was included in the 2018 Farm Bill to "provide additional resources to develop these large-scale projects. But we're treating them very much like projects under the original plan, where Wildlife Services take the money available and go in and eliminate feral swine."

Funding from the program will support this direct removal by Wildlife Services through APHIS, restoration efforts by NRCS, and as well as grants to non-federal, not-for-profit partners to assist producers in the control of feral swine on their land.


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