Wednesday, February 24, 2010

’Hoppers in Wyo., Vilsack sends money for moths

Grasshopper infestations this year probably will be twice as bad as in 2009 throughout much of Wyoming, the local manager of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday. So the BLM is working with other federal, state and local agencies to fight the voracious bugs that eat grass and hay to the ground, leaving nothing for livestock, Joe Meyer told the Natrona County commissioners at a work session. The BLM owns much of the public lands in Wyoming and leases much of it for grazing. Public lands are roughly half of all land in the state. Grasshoppers infested about 15 million acres of private, federal, tribal and state lands last year, according to a survey compiled by the Cheyenne office of the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and shown to the commissioners. The BLM probably will be able to treat large areas, but mixed lands owned federally and privately may not receive much help, largely because of funding issues, he said. That also depends on how much APHIS receives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Meyer said. “We’re looking at in excess of $1 million to treat public lands.” more


Read the whole article and you will find Senators Enzi and Barrasco, and Rep. Lummis have sent a letter to Secretary Vilsack asking for some "flexibility". Seems as how the all-knowing ones at USDA have allocated $54,294 to Wyoming to fight the European grapevine moth, WHICH DOESN'T EVEN EXIST IN THE STATE.

In Obama's rush to "spread the wealth around" he can't even get his bugs right.

Not to worry though, I'm sure they'll handle our health care just fine. You just might have to travel around a bit to find where in the hell it's been allocated. Make sure you're driving a Prius, as you may have to go to New Jersey to get that little medical procedure done.

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