MSGA Calls for Funding to Address Montana Grasshopper Suppression for 2024


HELENA, Mont. (February 16, 2024) – This week, MSGA submitted its request to Congressman Ryan Zinke for his consideration of a financial appropriation to address the 2024 grasshopper forecast. Zinke currently serves on the appropriations committee. Over the last month, MSGA has held grasshopper educational sessions where interest around the state on this topic amplified the significant concern ranchers have regarding the 2024 grasshopper forecast. MSGA staff has been working with Congressman Zinke’s office on tools and solutions for Montana ranchers.

In the organization’s letter to the congressman MSGA noted, “ranchers have managed to self-fund suppression in past years, the 2024 grasshopper forecast compounded by a multi-year drought, years of uninterrupted grasshopper infestations, and record high input costs make this year’s situation feel insurmountable. Ranchers have already identified significant acres that may need to be treated and the need continues to grow.”

MSGA would like to thank Congressman Zinke and his team for their continued work on this issue. 

The Montana Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots membership organization and is the trusted voice of cattle ranchers. With 140-years of history, MSGA advocates and ensures cattle ranching remains relevant, safe and a sustainable way of life for generations to come.


Keni Reese

Director of Marketing & Communications


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