House OKs bill on grassland leases

2014-02-07T00:42:00Z House OKs bill on grassland leases Bismarck Tribune
February 07, 2014 12:42 am

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said Thursday a bill pushing for changes to the permitting process for livestock grazing on public lands has passed the House.

In a statement, Cramer said the bill, called the Grazing Improvement Act, would extend permits with the federal Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service from 10 years to 20 years. He said with a growing backlog of paperwork for permit renewals this would provide more certainty for farmers and ranchers across the country.

“North Dakota ranchers have been excellent stewards of public land for decades, only to face the delays in permit renewals, or losing their use of the land altogether,” Cramer said. “This bill recognizes our ranchers’ good care for federal lands and gives them greater certainty so they can focus on running their operations and producing our nation’s food supply.”

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