Monday, August 3, 2015

Feral hog workshop Sept. 4 in Bryan, Texas

A Feral Hog Management Workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Brazos County Expo complex, 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan, Texas. The program is free, but $15 for a catered lunch. RSVP for the meal by Aug. 28 by calling 979-823-0129. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered: one integrated pest management, one laws and regulations and three general.

“Feral hogs continue to be a primary issue in terms of damage to pasture and rangeland for landowners across Texas and certainly in the Brazos Valley,” said Dusty Tittle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County. “This workshop will help landowners gain a better understanding of feral hog biology, methods that we can incorporate to better control and manage feral hogs on rangeland, plus laws and regulations of hunting the feral hog.”

Other topics to be discussed include population dynamics and research update; water quality in the Brazos Valley, agricultural regulations regarding feral hogs; feral hog control and trapping; feral hog transportation regulations and disease concerns.

Scheduled speakers are:
– Mark Tyson, AgriLife Extension associate, wildlife and fisheries science, College Station.
– Brad Tullis, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector, Austin.
– Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Texas Water Resources Institute, College Station.
– Linda Tschirhart-Hejl, Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service biologist, College Station.
– Danny Williamson, Texas Animal Health Commission, Austin.
– Dornell Crist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden, Brazos County.

The program is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, call 979-823-0129.

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