Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the state. The economic impact of damage caused by feral swine in Georgia last year is estimated at $150 million. A group of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners in November and December. The partnering agencies will host five workshops and trapping demonstrations throughout the state on the following dates:
· Gainesville, GA – Friday, November 3
· Calhoun, GA – Wednesday, November 8
· Statesboro, GA – Monday, November 13
· Albany, GA – Thursday, November 30
· Berrien County – Friday, December 15
Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.
Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and Georgia Farm Bureau.
Registration for each event will be available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. There is no cost to attend the workshops, but space is limited. Pre-registration is required. More details are available at www.GACD.us/events.