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USDA to measure feral swine damage in 11 states

USDA A feral hog and two piglets
Survey will examine the damage costs to crop producers growing corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts and sorghum.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service in cooperation with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Wildlife Services, is conducting a Feral Swine Damage Survey to measure the costs of feral swine damage to crop producers growing corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, peanuts and sorghum in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.

The data provided from producers will help to provide a foundation for feral swine research. It will also help measure the cost of damages that feral swine have on pastures, agricultural crops, lawns, landscaping and natural areas, due to feeding, rooting, wallowing, grazing and trampling activities. The data will also assist the UDSA understand the impact that feral swine or wild hogs have on crops across the country.

The USDA mailed the survey on June 27 to more than 11,000 producers to collect the data:

  • Online – Producers can respond online via the new Respondent Portal. On the portal, you can complete your surveys, track upcoming surveys, access data visualizations and reports of interest, link to other USDA agencies and more.
  • By mail or fax – Producers can fill out their paper survey and return it by mail in the prepaid envelope provided or fax it to 855-415-3687.
  • By telephone interview - Interviewers may contact producers who do not respond by July 13 and set up a interview to complete the questionnaire.

APHIS will analyze these data as a baseline for future studies and any published information will be made available to the public through the APHIS Feral Swine Resources website.

Source: USDA NASS, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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