Arkansas gets more funding for feral hog removal

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that additional funding has been made available to assist with feral hog eradication efforts in Arkansas. Senator John Boozman was instrumental in securing $650,000 in federal funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to implement efforts additional eradications across the state.

Additionally, the Buffalo River Conservation Committee has allocated $74,960 to USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services to expand eradication efforts in the river’s watershed. Buffalo.

“We appreciate the efforts of Senator Boozman and the BRCC to provide additional resources that will allow the Department and our partners at the Arkansas Feral Swine Eradication Task Force to expand their efforts to eradicate more feral hogs. croplands, pastures, forests and wetlands of Arkansas,” said Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture will use federal funds to work with USDA Wildlife Services to implement a statewide feral hog management plan. These efforts will complement ongoing elimination activities, including eradication efforts in 12 Arkansas counties funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. USDA.

USDA Wildlife Services will use DCCB funding to purchase additional traps and other equipment to expand trapping efforts in the Buffalo River watershed.

About 30,000 feral hogs have been removed from the state by members of the Feral Swine Eradication Task Force since January 2020. The task force was created by the Arkansas Legislature in 2017 to create a plan feral hog eradication in Arkansas and is comprised of 21 federal and state agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Feral pigs are an invasive species that are particularly destructive to agricultural crops, native wildlife and young domestic livestock. In Arkansas, the latest USDA survey estimated that feral hogs cause at least $41 million in agricultural damage each year, including $34 million in damage to soybeans, corn, cotton, wheat, hay , pecans and rice, and $7.3 million in livestock damage. . Property owners who experience damage from feral hogs are encouraged to call USDA Wildlife Services at 501-835-2318 for assistance.

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