Laramie, WY – The federal government is providing emergency funding to help suppress outbreaks of grasshoppers this summer. The money will go to western rangeland states like Wyoming.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday that nearly $11 million will be available. The department says the funding could protect up to 4 million acres of rangeland.
Pest grasshopper species that devour rangeland grass have begun hatching in recent weeks. Several Wyoming counties have already begun aerial spraying programs.
Wyoming's congressional delegation supported the funding announcement.
USDA says it's also prepared to provide assistance to farmers and ranchers that suffer eligible documented loss to grasshopper infestations.