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Goals and Issues

Goals of the Equine Division are determined by a state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state.

Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine a focus for the division's efforts. Because the Equine Division was just initiated in early 2008, the goals and objectives will be expanded as time progresses.

Goals include:

  • Continue to monitor National Animal Identification System development.
  • Express concerns to policy makers of the negative impacts of the ban on horse slaughter on the equine industry in Alabama and the rest of the country.
  • Strive to maintain and improve relations with other equine industry organizations in Alabama and around the country.
  • Work to open more horse trails on Alabama public lands
  • Promote the use of the many public and private animal event facilities around the state

The Alabama Farmers Federation Equine Division works with other state agencies and non-profit organizations to promote equine use and production. Those groups include the Alabama Cooperative Extension SystemAuburn University, Alabama Department of Agriculture and IndustriesAlabama Horse Council and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.