RIVERTON — Farmers and ranchers in western Wyoming may be able to get assistance because of damage caused by grasshoppers in September.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Fremont County a primary disaster area and says farmers and ranchers there may qualify for emergency loans based on their losses. Farmers and ranchers in surrounding counties are also eligible. Those counties are Carbon, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Washakie.

Anyone who suffered at least a 30 percent loss in normal production per acre or per animal based on a three year average qualifies.

The grasshopper outbreak devastated alfalfa and other grass crops.

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