Grazing Rates

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Nearly all 2.8 million acres of Colorado trust land is leased for agriculture, primarily grazing. Our Board reviews and sets grazing rates every three years. New rates go into effective on July 1, 2023.

Questions & Answers

Standard minimum State Land Board grazing rates are reviewed and established by the Board at least every three years. Board Policy 300-004 establishes the criteria by which State Land Board grazing rates are set. The policy states that, “The lease rate review process includes a survey of private grazing rates in Colorado, conducted by NASS, CSU, or another qualified reviewer.” The practice of using private grazing rates as the basis for State Land Board grazing rates was adopted in 1996 after consultation with industry groups and in particular with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. The January 2023 and February 2023 Board packets provide detailed information about this process.