Priorities of the 2023 Farm Bill Not Being Addressed

Priorities of the 2023 Farm Bill Not Being Addressed

Although current farm bill talks center heavily on crop insurance and wildfire mitigation, some experts say there's a certain topic not being addressed. The recently expired 2018 Farm Bill not only funded protection for farmers from damage caused by storms and lower commodity futures, but also from feral hogs.

The bill authorized $75 million for eradication and control of feral hogs, with USDA funding projects in 18 states. Kevin Crider, University of Missouri Extension feral hog outreach educator, says the bill helped fund equipment to capture and eliminate the feral hog population.

“what that equipment is now used for…”

Since its inception in 2017, the partnership has reduced the number of wild hogs in the state by 65 percent.

“If you look back to 2020, we destroyed the most ever, which was 12,600…”

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