KTA/KTOB Member Update
Friday, January 12, 2018 Share on Facebook RSS Feeds

Dear Members,

You and your families are responsible for producing the largest percentage of Thoroughbred foals in the United States, and it is vital having accurate, up-to-date statistics when advocating for our interests on a local, state, national and international level with elected officials. Many of you would have received surveys for the USDA Agricultural Census, performed every five years. The last census was performed in 2012, and USDA changed it methodology on counting horses which resulted in a major reduction of horse sales, or put another way “farm cash receipts” which placed Kentucky’s signature industry well behind other commodity groups. Efforts by the UK College of Agriculture and our Association in 2015 led to the USDA changing their methodology and working with our industry to get an accurate response rate.

 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey   2012 Census of Kentucky Ag 
 Equine Operations/Farms  35,000 19,012
Equine 242,400 141,842
Sales $522,100,000 $178,938,000

Please spare two minutes viewing David Knopf, the Eastern Mountain Regional Director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, speak to the importance of the Agricultural Census. Mr. Knopf and his staff are based in Louisville, and cover Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Happy new year, Chauncey Morris

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