(Neb)-Federal Grazing Permit Rates To Drop 25% Next Month
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Ranchers who run animals on federal land are getting some good news - federal grazing fees will drop by 46-cents of nearly 25% on March 1st, falling from $1.87 per animal unit or per head month to $1.41.
The fee applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the Bureau of Land Management and nearly 6,500 permits administered by the Forest Service.
The law setting federal grazing fees caps changes up or down at 25% a year with $1.35 the lowest level allowed. An animal unit month - the term used by the Forest Service - and head month - the BLM's equivalent term - both mean one cow and calf, one horse, or 5 sheep or goats grazing for one month.
The fee is determined each year using a base value from 1966 of $1.23 that's adjusted based on 3 factors: lease rates on private land, beef cattle prices, and livestock production costs with all 3 down from this time last year.
The grazing fee applies to federal land administered by the BLM and Forest Service in 16 Western states including Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. Half of the fee goes into the Range Betterment Fund for range improvement projects while a portion is returned to the states for use in the counties where the fees were generated.
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