Scientists work to prevent African swine fever in US

African swine fever virus threatens to devastate the swine industry and is positioned to spread throughout Asia. The virus has spread throughout the Caucuses region of Eastern Europe and was reported in China in August. It recently was detected in wild boar in Belgium.

Kansas State University researchers and the Biosecurity Research Institute have several projects focused on African swine fever. Their research topics vary, but they share the same goal of stopping the spread of African swine fever and preventing it from reaching the U.S. Continue reading

Alabama offers funding for feral hog management

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced that eligible landowners interested in Alabama’s Wild Pig Damage Management Program should apply for financial assistance by Jan. 20.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program funding for 2017 supports the initiative. Continue reading

Wild Pig Management Workshop set for Aug.18 in Palo Pinto County

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Wild Pig Management Workshop for landowners and the general public from 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 18 at the AgriLife Extension office, 221 S. 5th Ave., Palo Pinto.

“Many landowners are well aware of the impact feral hogs have on agricultural production, water quality, habitat and native species,” said Josh Helcel, AgriLife Extension associate at Gatesville. “This workshop is unique because we’ve gathered some of the best wildlife professionals in Texas to share their tips and demonstrate emerging technologies to help us control wild pigs.”

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