Numlock News: October 3, 2018

By Walt Hickey Money To Avert An Agricultural Scourge When entomologists call a bug, “the weirdest, most pernicious insect I’ve ever seen,” in print, you have my attention: billions of dollars of crops are at risk to the Lanternfly, a mothlike bug who’s infestation has prompted a 4.5 million acre quarantine in Pennsylvania. This thing makes the marmorated stink bug look like a mere locust, and Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture speculates the bug could cause $18 billion in damage in that state alone. It’s since spread to New York and Virginia and New Jersey. Clearly, the federal government is responding to this threat with its full attention, namely by committing

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