Feral Hogs Focus of October PSCFO Meeting

Feral HogsHARRISBURG, Pa. — State and federal agencies are working on controlling feral hogs in Pennsylvania, hoping to prevent the massive infestation seen in Southern states, and the associated farm and human health dangers.

A panel spoke to the Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations about feral swine on Monday at the state Department of Agriculture building.

Concern focuses on the Eurasian swine, an exotic species introduced to hunting preserves in Pennsylvania and other states, though domestic swine that escape the farm are also considered feral. It is unclear how many such animals are in the state… (Read more in Lancaster Farming)


PSCFO Meeting Postponed until October 27

PSCFO meetingHARRISBURG – The PA State Council of Farm Organizations meeting for the fall has been re-set to October 27 with a Board meeting at 11:00 a.m. (NOTE: This is a change.) and the Council meeting at its regular time of 1:00 p.m.  Location is the PA Department of Agriculture, 2301 Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Topics to be discussed by the Council include:

  • Invasive Species (Feral Hogs)
  • EPA proposed definition of Water Rule
  • Update on Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Rule.

Additionally, since for all purposes, the legislative session will be over October 15, expect interesting conversation on what the 2013-14 session of the General Assembly meant for PA Agriculture.  Please RSVP to 717/232-9665 or to Manager@PSCFO.com by October 17 regarding your plans to attend.

Feral Hogs Seen as Emerging Issue

feral hogsOne topic discussed at the June 16 Council meeting was the threat to PA Agriculture and to the environment by feral hogs. The meeting updated attendees on the issue and paved the way for a more detailed program on the subject September 22 at the Council’s next meeting. Following is a link to USDA’s web site providing background on the feral hog issue. http://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/animals/wildboar.shtml