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Cattle groups propose new grazing fee structure

Fees have been frozen for more than two decades but revamping the system 
has proven to be complicated

After years of discussions, and controversy, cattle groups in the province have put forward a proposal on a new fee structure for grazing leases. “The proposed public land grazing framework addresses long-standing concerns over the calculation of grazing lease rental rates, implements a fair and transparent system, recognizes the real value of the lease, and […] Read more

Fund set up for family of James Hargrave

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family of rancher James Hargrave, who died in a vehicle crash while helping to fight wildfires along the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. Hargrave, 34, was chairman of the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association and first vice-president of the Western Stock Growers Association. The Walsh-area rancher “was community minded […] Read more


Many grazing leases are along the foothills, an area that is also popular with recreationists.

Auditor general’s report fires up grazing lease debate

The auditor general says ranchers are scooping up millions in payments 
that should go to the province, but leaseholders say that’s nonsense

A new report on Alberta’s grazing lease system by the provincial auditor general is throwing fuel on the long-simmering, controversial debate. The report estimates the province could be losing up to $25 million annually by allowing ranchers to keep compensation from energy companies when they drill or lay a pipeline. The report also says the […] Read more