Economic Issues

Despite their importance to America’s food supply and the economy, public lands ranchers are under constant attack from regulations, lawsuits and misinformation. This threat extends beyond grazing regulations to the structure of their family businesses and heritage.

Ranching is part of the fabric and unique character of America’s rural areas – and has been for hundreds of years. Public lands ranchers own independent, private family-owned small businesses while simultaneously managing vast areas of public land, all of which contribute to the economic and social sustainability of America’s rural communities. Because of the nature of their operations, ranchers are subject to the changing political landscape that affects small businesses across America.

For generations, ranchers have maintained a way of life that safeguards America’s open spaces, local economies, and rural heritage all while providing high quality food and fiber to the nation and the world. Expertise and knowledge has been passed down over the years, just as private land is passed down from generation to generation. Due to laws dealing with inheritance and estate taxes, many ranchers lose thousands of dollars when land is transferred from one family member to another.

PLC urges Congress to safeguard America’s western heritage and create sustainable tax structures for ranching families.