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Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program

The Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) was established by the 2018 Farm Bill to respond to the threat feral swine pose to agriculture, native ecosystems, and human and animal health.

Photo by: Kegan Crouch, NRCS

General Overview

The Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) was established by the 2018 Farm Bill to respond to the threat feral swine pose to agriculture, native ecosystems, and human and animal health. USDA is focusing efforts through this pilot where feral swine pose the highest threat.

Program at a Glance

FSCP is implemented jointly by NRCS and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS).  Total funding for the program is $75 million over the life of the 2018 Farm Bill. In the first round of funding, NRCS obligated more than $16.7 million for 20 feral swine pilot projects in ten states. APHIS and NRCS limited the first round of pilot projects to select areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Round 1 projects are currently ongoing and are a collaborative effort between APHIS, NRCS, and the selected partners. A second round of funding and projects have been selected. Projects to be included in round 2 of funding can be found in the below table and are expected to work in Alabama, Hawaii, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components: 1) feral swine removal by APHIS; 2) restoration efforts supported by NRCS; and 3) assistance to producers for feral swine control provided through grants with non-federal partners. 

Projects can last for one to three years and are expected to conclude September 30, 2023. This year, NRCS will invest up to $1.5 million per project and NRCS will provide up to 75 percent of the total project costs, with the remaining 25% of costs coming from match committed by the partner.

Monitoring and evaluation will be essential to measuring the success of the pilot projects and the program. This program aims to collect a comprehensive understanding of the extent and nature of damages related to feral swine experienced by landowners in project areas. To accomplish this, detailed data are to be collected on (1) crops, (2) livestock, (3) property (e.g. fences, implements, roads), (4) crop conversion due to damage, (5) surface damages to land, (6) stored commodities. We also capture landowners’ personal efforts at feral swine damage management by (1) personal damage management, (2) support from Wildlife Services, (3) any revenues derived from feral swine or wildlife, and (4) operational increases (e.g. checking and repairing fences) due to feral swine presence and damage on their property. All projects will collect damage assessment data, but may also collect additional information based on resource concerns of the area. For additional information, visit the Landowner Damage Assessment Survey page.

Who is Eligible

The activities of FSCP‚Äč are to be conducted in pilot areas where feral swine have been identified as a threat, as determined by the Secretary. The full list of proposed projects can be found in the below table under “Round 2”.

 

Feral Swine Updated MapA total of 20 pilot projects across 10 states were identified for the first round of funding. Fourteen pilot projects in 8 states have been selected in the second round of funding and are expected to begin in 2021. Additional information about the pilot projects, including maps, project specifics, expected partner roles, and contacts for APHIS and NRCS at the state level, can be found in the below table.  Download a printer-friendly map (PDF, 309KB)

Round 2

Project Name and Description State Counties/Parishes
Geneva Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Alabama Geneva, Dale, Houston
Windward Oahu Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Hawaii Honolulu
Lakes Region Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Missouri Bates, Barton, Benton, Camden, Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Henry, Hickory, Jasper, Phelps, Pulaski, Laclede, Lawrence, Polk, Greene, St. Clair, Texas, Vernon, Webster, and Wright
Ozark Highlands Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Missouri Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, Stoddard, Washington, and Wayne
White River Basin Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Missouri Barry, Christian, Douglas, Howell, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Taney, and Stone
Delta Expansion Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Mississippi Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, and Yazoo
Five County Feral Swine Control Pilot Project North Carolina Anson, Davie, Haywood, Montgomery, and Randolph
Sampson Feral Swine Control Pilot Project North Carolina Sampson
Osage/Pawnee County Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Oklahoma Osage and Pawnee
Upper Red River County Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Oklahoma 4 of the Red River Counties and Beckham, Roger Mills
Jasper Feral Swine Control Pilot Project South Carolina Jasper
Dallam Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Texas Dallam
Nueces Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Texas Nueces, San Patricio, Bee
Williamson/Milam Feral Swine Control Pilot Project Texas Williamson, Milam


How to Apply

The application period is closed and no other funding opportunities are planned at this time.  For more information about what is expected of projects, please view the specific project pages in the table above and read through the announcement for program funding for program information.

Ongoing Projects

Round 1 projects that were initiated in 2020 are still ongoing, but are not taking applications for partners. These projects were previously advertised and have existing partners who are assisting with the project delivery. Additional information about where these projects are taking place and what the projects are expecting to do can be found by clicking on the project name in the below bullets.

For More Information


 

For additional information, an interactive map, and frequently asked questions, explore the feature above or visit the Feral Swine ERSI page.

Questions about the program can be directed to lacey.williamson@usda.gov or (202) 619 - 8569. Questions about specific pilot projects would be best directed to the points of contact which can be found on the project description page links in the above table on this page.