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USDA Announces Funding to Control Feral Swine in South Carolina

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Sabrenna Bryant
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COLUMBIA, South Carolina, November 22, 2019 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is awarding $525,000 to fund two pilot projects to control feral swine in South Carolina. 

These projects are part of the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP) – a joint effort between USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.

“Feral swine cause significant damage to crops and grazing lands, while also impacting the health of our natural resources,” said NRCS State Conservationist Ann English.  “By collaborating with our partners nationally and here in South Carolina our hope is to control and eradicate this invasive species – improving operations for farmers while also protecting our natural resources for the future.”

NRCS and APHIS are working with the Newberry Soil and Water Conservation District and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on the South Carolina Hampton Feral Swine Control Pilot Project and the South Carolina Newberry Feral Swine Control Pilot Project for the eradication and control of feral swine.

NRCS, APHIS and the South Carolina State Technical Agriculture Committee worked together to define the critical areas to be considered for projects within the state.  The South Carolina pilot projects   runs three years in duration.

Evaluation techniques and strategies utilized to remove feral swine will be done by APHIS and landowners that are participating in the project. Analyzation of population data measuring feral swine local populations before, during, and after the projects implementation phases will take place.

NRCS is awarding more than $16.7 million this year for feral swine pilot projects in select areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. The funding limit for a single award is $1.5 million. Awardees are required to provide at least 25 percent of the partnership agreement budget as a match to NRCS funding. APHIS is providing $23.3 million this year to the Wildlife Services programs located in the pilot projects states.

The 2018 Farm Bill provides $75 million for the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. These funds are for the life of the farm bill and divided evenly between NRCS and APHIS.

Additional information on NRCS’s feral swine control work can be found at http://nrcs.usda.gov/fscp.