April 4, 2011 6:31 AM

Alaska farm research jobs may be lost in federal budget cuts

Dennis Fielding raises grasshoppers. Sometimes by the hundreds. Sometimes by the thousands. By experimenting on the pests at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the federal researcher is seeking ways to prevent outbreaks that can decimate the crops, such as barley, that fuel Alaska's agricultural food chain.But by the end of the year, the scientist and his grasshoppers could be gone.

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