Sen. Jones: new feral swine plan to be unveiled


WHO:             Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge; George House, executive director of Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc.; Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of GreenStone Farm Credit Services; Sam Hines, executive vice president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association; Ken Nobis, president of the Michigan Milk Producers Association; Ben Kudwa, legislative director of the Potato Growers of Michigan; Jim Byrum, President of the Michigan Agri-Business Association; Pat Rusz and Dennis Fijakowski of the Michigan Wildlife Conservancy; Michigan United Conservation Clubs; and other interested parties.

WHAT:          Press conference to announce a new plan to fight the devastating statewide spread of feral swine.

WHEN:          Tuesday, June 14
                        9:30 a.m.

WHERE:        State Capitol
                        Room 402
                        100 N. Capitol Ave.

BRIEF:           State and national experts on feral swine, which have caused extensive damage to farms, property, vehicles, and natural wildlife and resources every year, have warned that the invasive species are among the fastest-breeding and most destructive creatures, with no natural predators.

In addition to destroying important crops, feral swine also spread diseases that can devastate Michigan’s livestock, dairy and poultry industries. Scientific research estimates Michigan has more than 2,000 feral swine, descended from escaped Russian boars and razorbacks imported into Michigan by hunt clubs. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, feral swine cause more than $1.5 billion in damages every year nationwide.