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      Texas: Multi-County Feral Hog Management Workshop, Leming, Feb. 25

      The Multi-county Feral Hog Management Workshop will be held from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Atascosa County at 25 East 5th St., Leming,

      The workshop is sponsored AgriLife Extension offices in Atascosa, Bexar, Frio, Guadalupe and Wilson counties and by the Atascosa Wildlife and Fisheries Committee

      Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one integrated pest management and two general — will be offered for private, commercial and non-commercial applicators.

      “Feral hogs in Texas not only do millions of dollars of damage to crops and property each year, they can also carry disease and negatively impact water quality,” said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Bexar County. “This workshop will explain the impact feral hogs have on agriculture and more, plus also provide some practical research-based and real-world-tested options for their control.”

      Cost is $20. Day-of registration for the workshop will begin at 1 p.m. and the program will begin at 1:30 p.m. An RSVP is requested by Feb 21 to the AgriLife Extension office for Atascosa County at 830-569-0034.

      Topics and presenters will be:

      • Feral Hog Biology, Maureen Frank, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Uvalde.
      • Impact on Natural Resources, Mike Bodenchuck, Cory Wilson and Eddie Davis U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.
      • Feral Hog Control Techniques Josh Helcel, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, College Station.
      • Feral Hog Health Concerns, Texas Animal Health Commission interim region director Joe Burkett III, D.V.M., Beeville.
      • Best Fencing Options, Gary Craig, San Antonio Steel Company.
      • Drones in Hog Management, Andy James, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, College Station.

      The program will conclude with a panel discussion and question-and-answer period. Panelists will be experts from AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife and USDA, as well as an area landowner who has had experience with feral hogs.

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