Texas Department of Agriculture Launches Program to Eradicate Wild Hogs

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New video highlights “Get the Hog Outta Texas” campaign

Texas farmers and ranchers need to take a stand to protect their land and crops.

The Texas Department of Agriculture is launching a new campaign called “Get the Hog Outta Texas” in an effort to remove wild hogs and curb the damage done to private property by them in the state of Texas. The challenge, which runs through the end of October, will reward the county that removes the most hogs with a grant. The challenge has recruited nearly 60 counties so far.

“This is a problem the Texas Farm Bureau does not take lightly,” comments Texas Farm Bureau Public Relations Director Gene Hall. “Texas farmers and ranchers need to take a stand to protect their land and crops.”

A growing number of feral hogs, also called wild hogs, has posed a challenge for the state of Texas for decades; more recently, however, the problem has extended into urban and suburban areas. There are nearly two million wild hogs in Texas, the highest population in the United States. This number continues to grow every year due to high reproduction rates of wild hogs and a lack of natural predators.

While these animals may appear harmless, they can cause millions of dollars in damage to urban yards, parks, golf courses, crops and private property. Wild hogs can also carry diseases and contribute to E. coli in Texas water, such as streams, ponds and watersheds.

Texas Farm Bureau encourages participants to exercise caution when attempting to remove wild hogs. Safety should be the number one priority during the eradication of wild hogs.

To learn more about this program, watch the video or read the news story on our website here.

About Texas Farm Bureau:
The Texas Farm Bureau is committed to improving the lives of America’s farmers through advocacy, education and awareness. It is our goal to tell not only members, but the general public, about TFB's mission and commitment to providing a voice for farmers, ranchers, rural citizens and everyone interested in preserving and protecting this way of life. Learn more about the Texas Farm Bureau on the Web:

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