Just when you may have thought it was over, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will be coming up again. Though all three countries have agreed to it, it is not a done deal for the United States. The same is true in Canada and Mexico. The new agreement is a change from the 1994 agreement between the three countries, known as NAFTA—the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Canada, USMCA is called the “Canada-United States-Mexico agreement” or CUSMA. In French Canadian, it is called the “Accord Canada–États-Unis–Mexique” (ACEUM) while in Mexico, they call the agreement “Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá” (T-MEC).
Dr Jim Cathey, associate director of The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI) explains: “Landowners throughout Texas are constantly seeing wild pigs and their damage. Unfortunately, until now, we didn’t have a good method of collecting the information on where the pigs were sighted and what type of damage they were doing.”
In most instances, domestic swine species are found in food production systems, bred and reared for consumption. However, some pigs have found their way into our homes along with their canine and feline friends. The most common breed of hog kept indoors is the pot-bellied pig. Other breeds of pet-sized pigs include the Kune Kune, Juliana, African Pygmy, Ossabaw, Yucutan, Gottingen mini-pig, and the American Landrace.