CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming Department of Agriculture director Jason Fearneyhough is telling lawmakers that it's expensive to fight grasshoppers -- and Wyoming is poised for possible outbreak next summer.

Legislative budget writers are reviewing agency budgets in preparation for the Legislature's 20-day budget session that starts next month.

The governor has recommended that the Agriculture Department get $2.5 million for emergency insect management.

Department technical services manager Hank Uhden says grasshopper outbreaks tend to run in cycles, and right now Wyoming is in the phase where grasshoppers are multiplying. He says depending on the weather, the state could be inundated with the insects.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle - Cheyenne, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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