FLORESVILLE — A Feral Hog Management Workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. May 31 at the Floresville Event Center, 600 W. Highway 97 in Floresville.
The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Wilson and Karnes counties.
The cost is $10, including a catered lunch, and preregistration is required.
Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — two general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations — for commercial, non-commercial and private applicators are available to attendees.
“This will be an excellent comprehensive workshop for landowners and others concerned about feral hog proliferation in this area,” said Bryan Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Wilson County. “Feral hogs cause damage to crops and can also be vectors for disease and possible nonpoint contamination of creeks, streams and other water sources. This will give attendees more insights into these pests and what can be done about them.”
Workshop registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome and presentation on basic biology of feral swine and feral hogs in the Lower San Antonio River watershed by Jared Timmons, AgriLife Extension associate based in San Marcos.
Additional morning presentations and presenters will include:
— Lower San Antonio River Watershed, Patty Carvajal, San Antonio River Authority.
— Population Dynamics of Feral Hogs, Dr. Roel Lopez, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist.
— Laws and Regulations for Hunting Feral Hogs, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
— Agricultural Regulations Regarding Feral Hogs, Vick Alexander, Texas Department of Agriculture.
Afternoon presentations and presenters will include:
— Feral Hog Control, John Calentine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.
— Feral Hog Safety and Disease Concerns, Timmons.
— Feral Hog Research Update, Matt Reidy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
To ensure an adequate meal count and handouts, attendees are requested to preregister by 5 p.m. May 24 through the AgriLife Extension office in Wilson County, 1420 3rd St.in Floresville, 830-393-7357 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the AgriLife Extension office in Karnes County, 115 N. Market St., Karnes City, 830-780-3906 or email@example.com.
This event is provided through a Clean Water Act Section nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.