PLC, NCBA Disappointed in Presidentís Proposed Federal Lands Grazing Fee Increase

The President's proposed budget also includes an increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment that would put many family ranches out of business - according to the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen's Beef Association. PLC Executive Director Dustin Van Liew says this fee is unwarranted and further evidence the Obama Administration is out of touch with production ag and Western U.S. rural economies. Van Liew says federal lands ranchers are and always have been willing to pay a fair price to graze livestock on public lands and willingly invest significant amounts of money to manage and improve the range. He says the current grazing fee is fair - but arbitrarily increasing the grazing fee through a 74-percent tax will just impose unnecessary costs on the ranchers working every day to produce safe, affordable food and fiber. Van Liew says this increase during these times of economic uncertainty will unnecessarily increase burdens on livestock producers and hamper their ability to create jobs and generate economic growth in their communities. He says PLC and NCBA will continue working with members of Congress to do what's in the best interest of ranchers and the nation's natural resources to ensure a sustainable future for the ag industry and rural America.

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