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NRCS Announces Environmental Quality Incentives Program Sign-Up Deadline for Feral Swine Management Pilot Program in Arkansas

Little Rock, Ark., April 15, 2015 – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Mike Sullivan announced today producers can sign up for a new feral swine management pilot program.

The pilot program, available in five states including Arkansas, is a multi-partner collaboration geared towards addressing resource issues caused by feral swine.

Arkansas landowners and agricultural producers in eight counties can sign up for the Feral Swine Management Interim Conservation Activity offered through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

The interim conservation activity will aid with monitoring expenses. As the pilot program progresses and with measured success, additional conservation practices will be available for restoration activities.

NRCS’s role in this pilot program is limited to determining the impacts upon natural resources, developing a management plan to address the impacted resources and evaluating the effectiveness of a practice in reducing the impacted resource. NRCS will not provide assistance for trapping, euthanizing, or disposal of the feral swine.  This role will be fulfilled by other partners or agencies assisting with this pilot.

Arkansas has identified three priority areas in the state to target EQIP funding to assist landowners and producers.  Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2015, from producers in these priority areas:

  • Southeast Pilot - Arkansas, Chicot, Desha, Drew

  • Northwest Pilot - Pope, Yell, and Searcy

  • Southwest Pilot - Sevier

All eligible applications will be evaluated for funding based on state and nationally developed criteria to optimize environmental benefits by June 30, 2015.  Applications ranking highest in a funding category will be selected for funding, subject to availability of program funds, no later than July 3, 2015.  Interested producers should visit their nearest USDA Service Center.