Texas Department of Agriculture has funded a pilot project through Texas AgriLife Extension to study and measure the economic impact of managing feral hogs within agricultural enterprises. The project was designed to cover three different ecoregions within Texas: Blackland Prairie, Postoak Savannah/Piney Woods, and Coastal Prairie. Within these ecoregions three sites were chosen to run the study: Hill/Navarro Counties, Camp/Titus Counties and Matagorda County, respectively. Extension’s Wildlife and Fisheries Unit and Wildlife Services worked together in this effort. In addition, assistance was provided from Extension’s Agricultural Economics unit in developing an agricultural producer/landowner survey to determine the economic value of previous feral hog damage and evidence of change in that damage following the project’s management efforts.
This was a pilot project to determine the economic effectiveness of feral hog management and not a feral hog eradication program. Cooperating producers/landowners were selected by the respective local Extension personnel.
Education is a primary goal of this project. Many landowners across the state benefited from this project through the educational efforts kept everyone informed of the project’s progress and successful feral hog management procedures. Much of that information is available on this website.
A second phase of the Texas Department of Agriculture funded abatement project was completed in February 2010. This project built upon the achievements of the pilot project and it’s results are available at the bottom of this page.
A third one year project was also funded by Texas Department of Agriculture in March 2010.