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Structuring Grazing Leases

Updated November 18, 2021
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Pete Bauman

SDSU Extension Natural Resources and Wildlife Field Specialist

Note: Information for this publication was derived from range management professionals and several private livestock operations utilizing alternative fee structures and lease language to meet overall ranch resource management goals in South Dakota. While examples of financial calculations and potential lease terms are provided throughout the publication and in Appendix A, SDSU Extension does not provide legal advice and encourages individuals to seek sound legal counsel.

Resource management goals for farms, ranches, and recreational land can vary greatly depending on the interest of the landowner or his/her understanding of the landscape or ecological system in which the land lies.