Sparks, Nev. - March 04, 2021
The Nevada Department of
Agriculture (NDA), in cooperation with United States Department of
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
About the Nevada Department of Agriculture
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.