Grazing, Farming, and Conservation Leasing
The IDL manages 1,153 grazing leases that cover 1,732,502 acres of state endowment trust land located primarily across the southern two thirds of Idaho.
These leases contribute an estimated 257,950 animal unit months (AUM) of forage to livestock operations for this year.
Most of the original farming land owned by the endowments was sold during the 1900s. What remains is a small, but productive, portfolio of farming leases that total approximately 21,173 acres. The crops grown on state endowment trust lands include alfalfa, barley, beans, corn, peas, potatoes, safflower, and wheat. In addition, portions of agricultural state endowment trust lands are in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).
The IDL also manages a small portfolio of conservation leases. The leases are developed to allow resource preservation, view preservation, wildlife management, and other conservation practices without diminishing the potential lease revenue for the endowed beneficiary.
Information in this section reflects FY16 data.
Grazing Program Review
IDL is in the process of reviewing the grazing program.
Life on the Range
Life on the Range is an educational project that showcases stories about the ever-changing landscape of ranching, multiple-use management, entrepreneurial spirit, family and stewardship on Idaho's rangelands. Visit Life on the Range for a fantastic series of videos showcasing the diversity of Idaho's rangeland.