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Pest Programs

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Pests

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What's An Agricultural Pest?

The term "Agricultural Pest" loosely describes an animal or insect species, for the purposes of the Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act, which negatively impacts agricultural production.

Why Should We Care?

The economic impact a pest species can have on an agricultural producer can be devastating alone, however the trickledown effect can also be felt in communities as well.

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Impacts

They have the ability to rapidly invade native ecosystems or agricultural crops; be a carrier of a disease or parasite; can potentially injure or poison livestock; or may be detrimental to the health or general welfare of the public. It is actually possible for an organism to be a pest in one setting and potentially beneficial in another.

 

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Control of Pests

Control of Agricultural Pests is about management rather than eradication. Managing Agricultural pests starts with prevention and moves to management of the pests if there is already an infestation.

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Prevention is the first step in managing agricultural pests. There are several ways to implement a prevention program depending on which pest you are dealing with. Prevention measures can range from forest management practices for Mountain Pine Beetle, proper grazing practices for prairie dogs, or the use of preventative spraying for crop pests.

Management of current infestations involves the practice of reducing populations to levels that do the least economic impact for your operation. In many cases there are several options for management that range from non lethal to lethal options and also many that do not require the use of chemicals.

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