MARTIN GRIFFITHThe Associated Press

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March 3, 2013
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Federal grazing fee stays same, rekindles debate

RENO — The federal grazing fee will stay at the minimum allowable level for a seventh consecutive year, a development that has rekindled a longstanding debate in the West between conservationists and ranchers.U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service officials last month said the fee of $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) will remain in effect this year for ranchers who hold some 26,000 grazing permits on public lands in more than a dozen Western states.The formula used to determine the grazing fee, set by Congress in 1978, is based on market conditions, including private grazing lease rates, beef …

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