The grazing improvement act, introduced by Congressman Raul Labrador has passed through the house. The act would extend grazing permits from 10 to 20-years and speed up the permit process. Congressman Labrador said that this bill would make it easier for the Idaho industry to have access to the land.
"Great success for Idaho Cattleman and for Idaho agriculture," said Labrador. "What we have is we have a situation where you have environmental groups that continue to make it difficult for us to get our grazing permits here in Idaho. And the period of time is so short that with this grazing act it's going to make it easier."
The act passed with a vote of 220 to 194 in the house, and if it survives the senate, the bill would affect lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.