Taylor Grazing Act (1934)

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  • The Taylor Grazing Act of June 28, 1934, was introduced to regulate the grazing of unreserved public lands predominantly in the western states. With its passing, the act terminated the free homestead initiative, which had begun in 1862 and had encouraged farming development in the western states. As a result of the act, the grazing of more than 80 million acres was administered by the U.S. Department of Interior. The aim of the act was to prevent overgrazing and reduce soil deterioration. Individuals could apply for grazing permits and to obtain the right of passage across grazing districts.

    In the early 1930s, the administration of Herbert Hoover recognized that there was a need to regulate ranching practices in the western states. As a consequence of this, ...

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