NDA to host Mormon cricket and grasshopper management public meeting

Join NDA and USDA PPQ to discuss Mormon cricket and grasshopper infestation control on public land in Nevada virtually on March 9


Ciara Ressel
Public Information Officer


Sparks, Nev. - March 04, 2021

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA), in cooperation with United States Department of Agriculture Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, will conduct a virtual meeting to discuss proposed Mormon cricket and grasshopper population management on public lands on March 9 at 6 p.m.


“In partnership with PPQ, the NDA surveys grasshopper and Mormon cricket populations to determine needed treatment areas and the most effective timing,” State Entomologist Jeff Knight said. “We had a mild winter in northern Nevada and some later storms, so it’s hard to say what numbers will look like this year.”


The NDA and PPQ will treat public land areas with the goal of protecting crops and public safety. The meeting will discuss possible management strategies and a recording will be available for later viewing. Citizen roles and how to report and manage infestations on private property will also be discussed.


“The meeting will also discuss private property treatment and prevention methods residents can use, but the most important thing citizens can do is report infestations to the NDA Entomology Lab,” Knight said.


The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Those interested in attending are encouraged to preregister. The meeting notice, agenda, registration link and more details are available on the NDA website.

About the Nevada Department of Agriculture

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 150 dedicated employees providing services in its five divisions, Administration, Animal Industry, Consumer Equitability, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Industry. The department’s $232 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition programs.