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For years, bats have gotten a bad rap as the creepy creatures lurking in the dark. But for just as long, agricultural producers have known that the winged wonder is actually the hero of the story, not the villain.
Now a plague is decimating bat colonies. The culprit: white-nose syndrome. And it’s costing U.S. agriculture up to $495 million each year, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists from Colorado State University Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics Dale Manning.