Feral Swine Eradication Act introduced in the HouseFeral Swine Eradication Act introduced in the House
There are approximately six million feral hogs across the United States, which cause more than $1.5 billion in damages each year.
June 21, 2023
Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02) has introduced H.R. 3984, the bipartisan, bicameral Feral Swine Eradication Act, with co-author Rep. Jasmine Crockett (TX-30). This legislation extends the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. Feral swine are consistently detrimental to farmers', ranchers' and foresters' operations, raking in $1.5 billion in damages every year. The FSCP has seen a great deal of success in reducing these damages through trapping, removing and monitoring and assessing the lands on which feral swine frequently reside. Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville and Texas Senator John Cornyn introduced S.613, the Senate version of this legislation.
"Feral swine have caused millions of dollars in damage on agricultural operations across Alabama and can undo years of hard work on Alabama's farms, ranches and forests toward feeding our country," said Moore. "I am standing with Alabama farmers to take action against this threat by authorizing an eradication pilot program with proven results, with changes to make it better."
"My constituents in TX-30 are still seeing painfully high prices at the grocery store. Fruits and vegetables are missing from the shelves. As with so many things we've experienced over the last three years, the issue is the supply chain – and in Texas, our supply chain is getting ravaged by the scourge of feral hogs," said Rep. Jasmine Crockett (TX-30). "As a top 5 agriculture exporting state, any disruptions to Texas farms have significant ripple effects across the country. Feral hogs are an invasive species, and they destroy billions of dollars of crops. This cuts food out of the supply chain and increases costs consumers pay at the grocery store. I am introducing this bill to bring food prices under control and protect rural communities."
There are approximately six million feral hogs across the United States. The Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program was established in the 2018 Farm Bill to respond to rampant feral swine outbreaks and was implemented by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service. This program included feral swine removal by APHIS, restoration efforts supported by NRCS, and assistance to producers for feral swine control through grants with non-federal partners. NRCS and APHIS successfully carried out these pilot projects in 10 states.
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