U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson has introduced a measure that would increase fees ranchers pay to graze livestock on federal lands -- a move that would hit the pocketbook of a candidate seeking to replace him in the Senate.
The measure by Nelson, a Democrat from Nebraska who is not seeking re-election, would end what Nelson calls federal grazing subsidies.
The measure would require that federal grazing fees be comparable to those on private land.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer, a Valentine rancher, has faced criticism over her family's federal land grazing.
Fischer's ranch pays less than $5,000 annually to graze cattle on about 11,000 acres of federal land -- far less than the approximately $117,000 that would have to be paid to a private landowner.
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