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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.

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. NRCS has more than $16.7 million in November 2019 for feral swine pilot projects in ten states. Additional projects will be funded over the course of the Farm Bill.

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 partnership agreements with non-federal partners. 

Projects can last for one to three years. This year, NRCS will invest up to $1.5 million per project with at least a 25 percent match. 

Who is Eligible

The activities of FSCP​ are to be conducted in pilot areas where feral swine have been identified as a threat, as determined by the Secretary. APHIS and NRCS have determined to limit at least the first round of pilot projects in select areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. APHIS has determined these states and California have highest feral swine populations. 

This call for proposals is intended for non-federal, not-for-profit partners to provide landowner assistance for on-farm trapping and provide related services as part of the pilot projects described above.  Funding for these services will be provided through partnership agreements between partners and NRCS.

 

The Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program county mapA total of 20 pilot projects across 10 states have been identified as eligible for the first round of funding. 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. 

Project Name and Description State Counties/Parishes
Gulf Coast Alabama Baldwin, Escambia
Wiregrass Alabama Houston, Henry, Geneva
Black Belt Alabama Sumter
Ozark Arkansas Marion, Baxter, Izard, Boone, Searcy, Fulton
Southeast Arkansas Drew, Ashley, Arkansas, Desha, Chicot
Southwest Arkansas Sevier, Howard, Hempstead, Pike, Clark, Nevada
West RV Arkansas Sebastian, Logan, Yell, Pope, Scott
FL/GA Florida Jefferson, Leon
Albany Georgia Calhoun, Baker, Terrell, Dougherty
GA/FL Georgia Grady, Thomas, Brooks
Louisiana Louisiana Red River, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Rapides, Madison, Tensas, Concordia, Cameron, Calcasieu
Mississippi Mississippi Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, Yazoo
North Carolina North Carolina Sampson
Kay County Oklahoma Kay 
Red River, OK  Oklahoma Cotton, Tillman, Jackson, Harmon
Hampton South Carolina Hampton
Newberry South Carolina Newberry
Canadian River Texas Potter, Hartley, Oldham
Leon Texas Eastland, Erath, Comanche
Red River, TX Texas Hardeman, Wilbarger, Wichita, Clay


How to Apply

The 2019 application period has closed. Check back soon for information on upcoming opportunities.

For More Information

Questions about the program can be directed to lacey.williamson@usda.gov or (202) 619 - 8569. Questions about specific pilot projects may be directed to NRCS State contacts which can be found on the project description page links in the above table on this page.