What's An Agricultural Pest?
The term "Agricultural Pest" loosely describes an animal or insect species, for the purposes of the Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act, which negatively impacts agricultural production.
Why Should We Care?
The economic impact a pest species can have on an agricultural producer can be devastating alone, however the trickledown effect can also be felt in communities as well.
They have the ability to rapidly invade native ecosystems or agricultural crops; be a carrier of a disease or parasite; can potentially injure or poison livestock; or may be detrimental to the health or general welfare of the public. It is actually possible for an organism to be a pest in one setting and potentially beneficial in another.