USDA invests $11 million to combat feral hog problem

Feral hog populations are rising, and becoming a bigger problem for farmers and ranchers. That is why the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $11 million to help ag producers and landowners control destructive swine populations.

RFD-TV spoke with Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Chief Kevin Norton about how big of an issue feral swine are, how the funding will be used, and what regions their efforts will be most heavily focused.

“It’s a growing threat to agriculture—not only from the destruction they pose to the environment but also from communicating disease and impacting native wildlife populations to the point that they’re contributing to negative population issues. Overall they are just a train wreck.”
Kevin Norton, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

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