By Walt Hickey Grass The Bureau of Land Management announced that federal grazing fees for 2022 would be $1.35 per unit per month, the same rate as 2019, when the fee was dropped from $1.41 per unit per month. One animal unit is either one horse, or five sheep, or one cow and calf. The 18,000 Bureau of Land Management permits and leases and 6,250 Forest Service permits allow ranchers to eat federal grass for the right price, fees that go towards rangeland and improvement funds. Grazing fees can’t increase or decrease more than 25 percent each year, and the fees have since 1981 ranged from $1.35 to $2.31 and averaged $1.55 over the time. If the 1981 fee of $2.31 per unit had kept pace with inflation it’d be worth $7.61 today.