Arizona Revised Statutes § 37-285.B. states that the ‘annual rental rate for grazing land shall be the amount determined by multiplying the number of animal unit months to be grazed on the land by the true value rental rate per animal unit month as established by the Commissioner.” The Commissioner sets the true value rental rate per animal unit month according to formula, which is the ratio between the “new average price of beef” (NAPB) for the most recent five-year period, and the “old average price of beef” (OAPB) for the prior five years.
Advertising of Grazing Leases
Arizona Revised Statutes § 37-281.01.B. states the Land Department shall give notice of the availability of expiring grazing leases on state land by advertisement, published in December of each year, at least one year in advance of the expiration date of any grazing lease. The notice shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation, indicating the number of leases expiring, the county or counties where each lease is located and the location of posting the notice where additional information may be obtained.
The Land Department shall post notice of expiring leases by lease number, abbreviated legal description of the lease area, carrying capacity, expiration date and application information in the following locations:
- In each Land Department office
- On the Land Department’s internet web site.
- In the office or offices of the county board of supervisors where the land is located.
- In the Bureau of Land Management offices in Arizona where posting is allowed.
Expiring Grazing Leases
- State Grazing Lease application forms may be obtained at the Department's Public Records Office, 1616 W Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85007, or by contacting the Public Records at 602 542-4631.
- Grazing lease applications may be submitted to: Arizona State Land Department, 1616 W Adams, Phoenix, AZ 85007.
- A conflicting grazing lease application for an existing grazing lease shall be filed at least two hundred seventy days, but not more than one year, before the expiration date on the lease.
- If two or more applicants apply to lease the same land for grazing purposes the department shall, after investigation or hearing, approve the applicant who appears to have the best right to the lease.
- If it is determined that none of the applicants have any rights or equities superior to those of another that would outweigh an offer of additional rent, and if it is in the best interest of the Trust, the department may receive bids for the lease in accordance with departmental rules.
- If one of the competing applicants is the existing lessee who has a preferred right of renewal pursuant to ARS 37-291, the department may extend the preferred right of renewal to the existing lessee if the existing lessee offers a bid matching the highest bid.
- A lessee of state lands shall be reimbursed by a succeeding lessee for non-removable improvements.
Questions regarding the completion of the grazing lease application may be directed to: State Land Department Range Section 602 542-4625.
Grazing Lease Administration
Grazing Lease administration entails the processing of applications for new leases, assignments, renewals, range improvements, land treatments, subleases, pasture agreements and reports of improvement, processing questionnaires and the grazing rental billing.
One leasing administrator handles this task for 1,230 grazing leases and 185 Special Land Use Permits.