Public grazing in the west and “rangeland reform ’94”

Jeffrey T. Lafrance, Myles J. Watts

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Private grazing fees differ substantially and systematically across states in the West. In contrast, federal policy establishes the same grazing fee on federal lands, regardless of location. We analyze locational differences in private grazing fees with an econometric model. Differences in private grazing fees across states can be explained largely by economic forces consistent with a competitive spatial market. A uniform increase in the federal grazing fee will lead to a large variation in economic effects between states and across individual public lands ranchers. We propose the permanent transfer of public grazing rights to the private sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-461
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Grazing fees
  • Public grazing
  • Rangeland reform

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