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U.S. Department of Agriculture seeking input on feral swine in Arkansas
(Newsrooms: with file art at www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/5939539991; map of states with feral hogs at: www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/15588375933/)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – In February Arkansas small farmers and ranchers should expect to
receive a questionnaire in the mail from the National Agriculture Statistics Service
seeking their opinions on feral swine in Arkansas, said David Fernandez, Cooperative
Extension Program livestock specialist at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to know if feral swine are a problem or
an opportunity, and whether they cause financial losses or generate welcome income
from hunting and other activities, he said. USDA is interested in hearing from small
farmers and ranchers on the impact of feral swine on their operations.
“In the early 1980s, feral swine or wild pigs were confined almost exclusively to
Florida and Texas. Since then they have spread across most of the South and are now
present in 40 states,” Fernandez said. Their spread across most of the nation has
brought them to the attention of the USDA.
Information gathered in the survey will be used by USDA to decide whether or not
to initiate a feral swine control program. It will also be used to help decide how
to go about instituting such a program should one be created.
The Cooperative Extension Program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is
cooperating with other universities across the South to get the opinions of small
farmers and ranchers on the impact of feral swine in Arkansas.
All information gathered will be submitted anonymously. The first round of surveys
will focus on the impact of feral swine on corn, wheat, soybeans, rice and grain sorghum.
Later surveys may focus on vegetables and livestock production.
For more information about this or other livestock-related problems, contact Dr. Fernandez
at (870) 575-7214 or firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 575-7214.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Carol Sanders, writer/editor (870) 575-7238 email@example.com
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