The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced funding for the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program (FSCP).

Through the program, the USDA is offering $75 million in funding for the eradication and control of feral swine. The 2018 Farm Bill included the program to help address the threat that feral swine pose to agriculture, ecosystems and human and animal health.

The FSCP will also include restoration efforts by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. NRCS is now accepting proposals from non-federal partners to provide landowner assistance for on-farm trapping and related services.

Pilot projects will consist broadly of three coordinated components: feral swine removal, restoration efforts, and assistance to producers for feral swine control. Projects can be one to three years in duration.

 

The funding limit for a single award is $1.5 million. Awardees will be required to provide at least 25 percent of the partnership agreement budget as a match to NRCS funding. The application deadline is August 19, 2019. To find out more, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov