A mega-drought in the U.S. West is drying up waterways, sparking wildfires and leaving farmers scrambling for water. And now there has come with it a plague of voracious grasshoppers.
Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest grasshopper-killing campaign amid the outbreak of the drought-loving insects that cattle ranchers fear will strip bare public and private rangelands.
Ranchers in central Montana said that large numbers of grasshoppers have started showing up on prairie surrounding their ranches that are stripping trees bare.
One rancher said, “They’re everywhere, drought and grasshoppers go together and they are cleaning us out.”
Grasshoppers thrive in hot, dry weather, which the on-going drought in the west is providing in abundance. And now hordes of these locusts are eating up the grasslands of the range.
Agriculture officials say they have found dense concentrations of them in large areas of Montana, Wyoming and Oregon and portions of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska.
And federal officials are saying the agricultural damage from the grasshoppers could become so severe it could drive up beef and crop prices.
So they are preparing to mount a pesticide spraying campaign against the locusts. But there are concerns the pesticides could also kill beneficial insects such as bees that pollinate crops and that organic crops could also be damaged from the spraying.
The plague of grasshoppers are destroying crops and competing with livestock for food. One rancher said he is preparing to sell up to 70% of his cows because he fears they won’t have enough feed.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Revelation 16) foretell there will be extreme heat from the sun and that there will come pestilence and famine signaling we are nearing the end of this age and the coming of Jesus Christ.
These events and conditions happening now are warning signs pointing to the nearing fulfillment of the Last Days prophecies at the end of this age revealing it’s time to prepare now for the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ for His Church by being born again spiritually into the Kingdom of God as Jesus said we must (John 3) and His Apostles who were authorized (Matthew 16:19) described how (Acts 2).
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