Title

Some Implications of Federal Grazing, Timber, Irrigation, and Recreation Subsidies

Keywords

federal grazing, timber, irrigation, recreation subsidies, agricultural economics

Abstract

I t is frequencly asserted chat livestock permittees and timber harvesters are heavily subsidized in their use of forage and stumpage taken from the public lands. It is also widely believed chat farmers using irrigation water from federal projects receive a large government subsidy. The alleged unfairness of these subsidies has been used by environmental and conservation groups as a rationale for increasing government-administered water, grazing, and timber prices. Of course, the ulcimate aim of these groups in recommending price hikes is probably to eliminate some of these users altogether. Here, I define "subsidy" and examine the degree to which grazers, irrigators, timber harvesters, and recreationists are subsidized by federal policy.

Original Publication Citation

Some Implications of Federal Grazing, Timber, Irrigation, and Recreation Subsidies, Choices, Third Quarter, 1997, 9-14.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997

Publisher

Choices

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Economics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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