by Don Molino
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain reports during his daily report on the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network a new product has just been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to fight the feral pig problem that’s plagued not only Louisiana but most of the South as well.
“It’s a bait,” says Strain, “to help eradicate the feral pig. Last year in Louisiana, more than 350,000 feral pigs were killed, but the population continues to grow.”
The bait is called Kaput which is fed to the feral pigs for three to six weeks using a specific type feeder that only a feral pig can get its head inside to feed on the bait.
But Strain cautions to “be sure and follow all label instructions” when using the bait.
Strain was in Alexandria Thursday meeting with the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts to award Master Farmer Degrees. “The Master Farmer Program is rather unique to Louisiana,” said the commissioner, “that requires farmers and rancher to not only have classroom time and on farm demonstrations but they also have to do a total farm nutrient management system plan. After that, they become master farmers which is renewed every five years.” Strain also said the Master Farmer Program helps with productivity, profitability and environmental sustainability.
On another subject, Commissioner Strain pointed out Louisiana has 44 state water and soil conservation districts that are public and private partnerships.
“Our farmers participate in the programs through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that is funded through USDA,” said Strain. “But this year Louisiana farmers will institute more than $100,000,000.00 in conservation projects through our soil and water conservation districts.”