U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced new federal resources to help state and federal officials combat the devastating effects of feral -- or free range -- swine in Ohio. Nationally, feral swine have increased in population and can be found in 39 different states.
"These new federal funds will help officials control the population of feral swine in Ohio," Brown said. "These animals have devastating effects on our state's crops and can carry and transmit more than 30 diseases and 37 different parasites that can infect livestock, humans, domesticated animals, and other wildlife."
The resources are part of a recent announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that it will distribute more than $20 million in federal funding to states that are currently dealing with population growth of feral swine. In recent years, more than $1.5 billion in damages has occurred as a result of damages and control costs. Feral swine carry a range of disease and parasites that affect field and other high-value specialty crops.
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