Executive Document

Governor's Executive Order Declaring an Agricultural Emergency.

Issued: June 4, 2001


Declaration of Agricultural Emergency

Whereas, Mormon cricket and grasshopper damage is impacting Utah's agricultural economy as well as the state's wildlife resources;

Whereas, Mormon cricket and grasshopper infestation in Utah is the largest in recent history, exceeding 1.5 million acres;

Whereas, Mormon cricket and grasshoppers are damaging grains, alfalfa, safflower, rangeland grasses and other crops;

Whereas, a minimum of $25 million in crop damage could occur in more than a dozen Utah counties, including Millard, Juab and Tooele;

Whereas, the numbers of crickets and grasshoppers far out weigh the state's ability to exercise control over such insects whose primary hatching grounds are on federally owned lands;

Whereas, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is strongly encouraging the U.S. Congress to fund federal insect control programs;

Whereas, projections for Mormon cricket and grasshopper populations for next year will be equal to or greater than this year;

Therefore, I Michael O. Leavitt, governor of the state of Utah by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the state of Utah,

Do Hereby Declare That; a state of agricultural emergency exists due to the Mormon cricket and grasshopper infestation in the State of Utah and that all such affected areas within the State are declared to be agricultural disasters requiring aid, assistance and relief pursuant to the provisions of state statutes.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and cause to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Utah. Done at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, this 4th day of June, 2001.

(State Seal)



Lieutenant Governor


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