The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) saw the revenue for fiscal year 2012 (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) increase in the Agriculture and Water Program from the previous year. Income increased in all categories that DNR tracks for trust lands in agriculture and grazing production—Dryland, Irrigated, Orchard/Vineyard, and Grazing leases, and Range Permits.
Several factors have contributed to the revenue increase.
- Lessees are working with the DNR’s Land Managers to implement best management and sustainable land management practices;
- Commodity prices were generally favorable;
- Sufficient rainfall in the dryland regions generated higher than normal production per acre;
- Increased marketing efforts and interest in leases going to Public Auction;
- Several orchards and vineyards planted in recent years are maturing and producing higher yields.
State trust lands in agricultural production, 2012, by the numbers
Revenue from 85 percent of state trust lands in agriculture and grazing production are Common School trust lands, which help build K-12 public schools statewide.
Agriculture Program Manager