Emergency insect management grant applications now available

The Wyoming Emergency Insect Management Committee recently released the 2012 Emergency Insect Management Program grant package and is now accepting applications.

Any state or political subdivision may apply for assistance from the committee through the program for outbreaks of grasshoppers, Mormon crickets or other outbreak or cyclic insects. Applications for funding are due by April 2, 2012 and the committee will hold an allocation meeting on April 17, 2012, to determine grant recipients.

In order to be considered for grant funding, applicants are required to follow all guidelines within the packet for their application and program. In most cases, this includes providing a 50/50 match. It is important to note that there are several changes to the 2012 application package compared to the 2011 application.

A portion of the 2012 funding will be contingent on the approval of the FY13 budget (HB001/SF0001) as currently debated in the Wyoming Legislature.

The 2003 Wyoming Legislature passed the Emergency Insect Management Program Act (EIMPA) (W.S. 11-5-401 through 11-5-405) to provide funding to state agencies and political subdivisions such as cities, towns, counties, weed and pest districts and special districts. This funding is to provide supplemental help to manage emergency outbreaks of insect pests and insect vectors of diseases for the protection of human health and safety, animal health including livestock and wildlife, agriculture and natural resources.

Additional information along with a copy of the application can be found on the Wyoming Department of Agriculture website at: agriculture.wy.gov/component/content/article/34-agnews/177-emergency-insect-management-information

If you have any questions, please contact Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585.