In Action

Arizona Horse Council Summit

Equestrian business owners, ranch and farm owners and horse owners, all passionate about our industry and the equestrian way of life, joined together to discuss the issues that affect all equestrians in the state of Arizona. The White Stallion Ranch, Tucson, provided a beautiful venue for this meeting.

 

Horses Are Green!
Horse owners help preserve the land, ranches, larger properties, arenas and places to ride. Recyclers use new construction scrap lumber for shavings and grindings. Horse manure and urine are used in commercial fertilizers. Manure left on trails decomposes to become part of the soil. Ranches and private horse owners are frequent composters – recyclers of manure.

There are 177,000 Horses in 60,000 Arizona Households

The Arizona Horse Industry is a $1.6 Billion Dollar Industry

 

Horses Provide Thousands of Jobs for Arizona:

  • Equine Care and Medical
  • Horse Services and Products
  • Equine Manufacturing
  • Equine Sports
  • Equine Art and Literature

 

Equine Social Economic Impact:

Equine Clubs

  • Horse Shows and Events
  • Smaller Equine Events and Venues
  • Equine Sports

Horse boarding, breeding and training operations may qualify for property tax exemptions thanks to the efforts of AzHC and our lobbyist!

In 2011, Arizona Representative Heather Carter and Senator Steve Pierce were successful in getting HB 2552 signed into law.  The new law expanded the list of conditions for land to be classified as agricultural for property tax purposes to include land and improvements devoted to raising, boarding, training, or the commercial breeding of equine or an equine rescue facility registered with the Dept. of Agriculture.

During the summer and fall of 2011, AzHC worked with the Arizona Farm Bureau, the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association, the Arizona Department of Revenue, and several County Assessors to create a set of guidelines for Assessors to use in making these classifications. The new guidelines can be found at: http://www.azdor.gov/Portals/0/Brochure/Interim-Equine-Property-Assessment-Guideline-2011.pdf.

In addition, a significant issue for all of agriculture for several years was successfully addressed this year. Our industry has been living with the threat of having Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) funds swept by the legislature and Governor to be spent on programs in other parts of government.

SB1233, Agriculture Trust Funds by Senator Don Shooter and HB2340, Trust Fund Criteria by Representative Russ Jones were signed by the Governor.  These bills designated fifteen (15) agricultural funds as trust funds.  Among the funds protected is the Livestock Custody Fund which supports ADA operations dealing with stray and/or seized animals.

Further strengthening our work regarding agricultural property tax classification was SB 1416 Property Tax; Agriculture Classification; Affidavit by Sen. Gail Griffin.  This bill was also signed by the Governor.  SB1416 reduces the time that property must be used primarily for agriculture in order to be eligible for classification as agricultural property to three of the last five years.  It had been seven of the last ten years. Importantly, property is now eligible for the agricultural classification if the owner files with the county assessor a signed affidavit that there is a reasonable expectation of operating profit from the agricultural use of the property.  In the past County Assessors had been requesting property owners submit extensive financial records or face the loss of the agricultural classification.

Approved for AZ POST Continuing Training Credit

Lucinda Earven, D.V.M.
University of Arizona member of the Arizona Livestock Incidence Response Team, trained and prepared for large scale bio-terrorism and bio-emergency responses.

Brad Cowen
Arizona Livestock Officer, recently retired with 28 years experience with the Arizona Department of Agriculture in routine livestock ownership inspection, investigation of livestock theft, abuse and neglect, preparing reports and working with prosecutors to assist in prosecuting law violations and testifying in trials.

Dan Rosenfield
Arizona Attorney specializing in equine, farm and ranch issues. Former instructor Special Response Unit, Washington D.C.

Registration and Information:
www.azpost.gov  – This class is designed for current AZ POST certified Law Enforcement Officers.

For class dates and registration availability, check the AZPOST calender at www.azpost.gov

Equine Registry Up and Running (10-15-2010)

This month the Arizona Department of Agriculture began processing the first application for a Certified Equine Rescue facility.  Certification and listing on the registry allows the public to easily find Equine Rescue facilities that meet veterinarian-approved standards of care.

“The equestrian community came together when it saw a need for certification of rescues,” said Dr. John Hunt, Associate Director of Animal Services at the Department of Agriculture.  “Now, people can be sure that if they ever need to leave their horse, they can easily find a safe place for it.”

Every year the Department of Agriculture receives approximately 600 calls for stray horses and only a small percentage are returned to their owners.  And it is the same across the country.

In 2009, the Arizona Horse Council and Robert Schuler (our lobbyist), working with representatives from the Equine Rescue ommunity were successful in having legislation enacted to create the Equine Rescue Registry.

This year the Arizona Department of Agriculture created a set of rules to implement the new law.  The new rules went into effect July 5, 2010.

New Equine Rescue facilities can find the application form at:
http://www.azda.gov/ESD/equinerescuefacilityapp.pdf

For the Arizona Department of Agriculture Equine Rescue registry, click below:
http://www.azda.gov/Main/equineRescueRegistry.html.

Laura Oxley
Acting Public Information Officer
Arizona Department of Agriculture
602-542-1094