HTML _ 96-450 - Grazing Fees: An Overview
21-May-1996; Betsy Cody; 6 p.

Abstract: Charging fees for grazing private livestock on federal lands is a long-standing but contentious practice. Generally, livestock producers who use federal lands want to keep fees low, while conservation groups and others believe fees should be raised to approximate ¨fair market value.¨ The Clinton Administration pursued an increase in fees for nearly two years; however, congressional objections forestalled an administrative increase. Legislative interest in grazing fees and rangeland management continues in the 104th Congress, primarily in response to the Administration's issuance of new rangeland rules in August 1995. The Senate passed S. 1459 in March 1996, which would replace the new rules and establish a new grazing fee formula that would apparently increase fees by approximately 25-35%. The House Resources Committee marked up S. 1459 on April 25. [read report]

Topics: Agriculture

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