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USDA/NRCS Feral Swine Initiative

Contact:
Kavanaugh Breazeale
601.965.5205 EXT 134


United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

McCoy Federal Building

100 W. Capitol Street, Suite 1321

Jackson, MS 39269

 

For more information, contact

Kavanaugh Breazeale

601.965.5205. Ext 134

robert.k.breazeale@ms.usda.gov

 

NEWS RELEASE 

February 9, 2017

Feral Swine Initiative Through USDA/NRCS

Jackson, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Feral Swine Initiative (FSI) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Feral hogs are a non-native species to Mississippi and cause serious destruction to crops, crop land and grazing fields. Applications received by March 17, 2017 will be considered in the first ranking period.

FSI is a voluntary conservation program that focuses on using management practices to address conservation issues related to the over population and destruction from wild hogs in Mississippi. Over population of wild hogs results in damage to Mississippi’s natural resources, causing issues such as soil erosion, water quality degradation, wildlife habitat degradation, and public health/safety. Interested landowners within identified priority areas can apply for assistance.

The specific priority counties identified in northeast Mississippi are Clay, Lowndes, Monroe, Noxubee and Oktibbeha Counties. Counties in central Mississippi are Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Rankin and Simpson.  Counties in southwestern Mississippi are Adams, Amite, Jefferson, Wilkinson, Lincoln, and Franklin.  The counties in the Mississippi Delta are Issaquena, Sharkey, Yazoo, and Warren Counties.

The FSI program allows NRCS staff members to provide land owners with a feral swine population management plan that helps to determine the negative impacts to the natural resources of their tract. As well as a management plan to address the issues present.

All NRCS financial assistance programs offer a continuous sign-up process, however to be considered for Feral Swine Initiative funding in fiscal year 2017, applications must be received by March 17, 2017. NRCS helps America’s farmers, ranchers and land owners conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

To locate your local service center, visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app. For more information, visit our website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ms/home/. Applications are available at GetStarted.