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Utahns seek funds to target hoppers

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A contingent of Utahns intends to ask Congress next week for $8.7 million to stop rampaging grasshoppers and Mormon crickets.

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food Cary Peterson, Oak City Mayor Michael Anderson and Rush Valley rancher Darrell Johnson are scheduled to testify next Thursday before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands.

The money would go to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's insect control program.

Utah faces its worst cricket infestation in 60 years.