ApHC Monday Memo

Week of July 16, 2007

Tuesday – Jackson Planning/Promotion Committee
Wednesday – Museum Board Meeting (Moscow)
Thursday – Executive Committee

National Show Stats
Summary – Youth entries increased by 2.6%; non-pro entries were down 15 total entries, open entries were down 19 entries overall. We were down 15 horses but overall saw a slight increase in total entries as compared with last year.

1174 horses in ’07; 1189 in 06
4344 entries in ’07; 4319 in 06
Halter 291/290
Performance 689/709
Non-pro 1033/1048
Youth 2331/2272

American Horse Council Study Finds Horse Show Industry Has Significant Economic Impact
WASHINGTON, DC – For anyone that has participated in a horse show, be it at the national, state or local level, there is no doubt that these activities generate a lot of money. The American Horse Council’s Economic Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study includes some impressive statistics that confirm the significant impact of the horse show industry.
Among horse owners, 481,238 are primarily involved in competition. That accounts for 10.33 percent of the total number of people who participate in equestrian activities, be they horse owners, employees or family members or volunteers.

To take a closer look at the population of the showing segment of the horse industry, the Economic Impact Study breaks down the number of horses by breed. There are more than one million Quarter Horses being used specifically for showing purposes. Meanwhile, 336,992 Thoroughbreds and another 1.3 million horses belonging to “other” breeds are involved in showing and competitions.

The owners of all of these horses spend and generate a lot of money to stay in the show ring. The resulting effect on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the showing industry alone is $28.8 billion – $10.8 billion are direct effects and $18 billion are indirect and induced effects.

4-H Holds its First Ever Curriculum Summit
For the first time in its 105-year history, the 4-H Youth Development organization took an in-depth look at how it meets the educational and developmental needs of our nation’s young people through hands-on learning experiences during the National 4 H Curriculum Summit June 12-14, 2007, at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Co-sponsored by Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service’s (CSREES) National 4 H Headquarters at USDA, its private partner National 4 H Council and the Cooperative Extension System, the National 4 H Curriculum Summit was called to strengthen and revitalize the oldest youth development organization’s curriculum process. During the Summit, 4-H youth and volunteers and land-grant university leaders from across the country examined strategies to successfully develop high-quality, forward-looking curricula that speaks to the interests and needs of 21st century youth. Information collected during the course of the Summit will be posted at shortly.

4-H is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is led by CSREES’ National 4 H Headquarters at USDA, the nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges and National 4-H Council.

Action on the Farm Bill in the Full House Committee Expected
2007 Farm Bill action in the full House Committee on Agriculture is scheduled to begin Tuesday, a week and a half after Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) released his draft mark and after a full week of discussions on the Hill.

The House Committee will also consider an alternative bill providing more funding for nutrition and conservation programs that could be brought to the floor if offsets are found and Members can tap into a $20 billion so- called “reserve fund”.

On the Senate side, there remains no firm date on which action is scheduled to begin, though Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said this week he is looking at a six or seven-year bill to ease funding issues.

Missouri Governor Signs Into Law New Loan Program for Large Animal Vets
A new loan program for select students of large animal veterinary medicine at M-U has been signed into law in Missouri. The program provides loans to those students and forgives loan principal and interest, provided the students work in areas of the state where there are vet shortages. Governor Blunt signed the bill on Friday.

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