S.C. Equine owners urged to promptly respond to survey!

The equine census is finally underway, and the South Carolina Equine Survey forms are in the mail. People who own horses, mules, or donkeys are urged to respond and promptly return the form.The equine census is finally underway, and the South Carolina Equine Survey forms are in the mail. People who own horses, mules, or donkeys are urged to respond and promptly return the form.

Story originally posted by Horsecity.com Staff

COLUMBIA, SC – The equine census is finally underway, and the South Carolina Equine Survey forms are in the mail. People who own horses, mules, or donkeys are urged to respond and promptly return the form.

Conducted by the South Carolina USDA Agricultural Statistics Service, the survey will be the first comprehensive equine census performed in South Carolina in more than 20 years.

The South Carolina Equine Survey, primarily sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in cooperation with the SC Horsemen’s Council and the SC Farm Bureau, will help determine the impact of the equine industry on the state’s economy.

The SC USDA Agricultural Statistics Service’s Confidentiality Pledge safeguards the privacy of the data collected from participants. Names, addresses, and personal identifiers are never released to anyone outside the agency. The data will be physically secure, and the computer data files will be protected by state-of-the art security technology.

If you are an equine owner, please make sure that you are included in the survey. Go to the following website (www.nass.usda.gov/sc/) and click on the horse picture in the upper right hand corner. Your help in spreading the word about this important survey is greatly appreciated.

When the South Carolina Equine Survey arrives, complete the form and return it promptly in the enclosed envelope. Or, if you should receive a knock on your door from a census taker, share your equine information for the good of the equine industry in South Carolina.

For more information about the survey or if you own a horse or horse and you did not receive a survey form, contact Bob Graham (bgraham@nass.usda.gov) or Elizabeth Reeh (ereeh@nass.usda.gov), SC USDA Agricultural Statistics, PO Box 1911, Columbia, SC 29202, or call toll free 1-800-424-9406.

This Census, the first since 1979, will be a valuable resource in explaining the economic impact of our industry on the state and individual counties to Federal, State and local officials, the media and the general public. This census will be our most effective tool to create a deeper understanding of our diverse industry and its participants to the public and policymakers whose decisions impact us most.

Your feedback will be invaluable in helping NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) provide an accurate reflection of the significant size of the equine industry and the economic impact it generates. A few minutes of your time spent answering this survey could ultimately result in savings, better land use, funding for emergency relief, equine research, and education, new facilities, youth programs, and on and on.

All information you supply is guaranteed to be kept confidential by the Federal Confidentiality Agreement to be used only for this census, and also please remember that in South Carolina, equine are considered LIVESTOCK, and therefore, are not taxable."

Key Pointes for supporting Equine Survey

An equine census has not been conducted in SC since 1979 – those figures are totally obsolete.

The primary purpose of the equine census is to determine the economic impact on SC by the equine industry based on the fact that the equine population is larger than all the other livestock groups put together.

The Census would be broken down by County to show the inventory and value to each county, as well as demographics.

North Carolina and surrounding states conduct these equine surveys on a regular basis as the economic impact of the industry and related agribusinesses is tremendous.

The census would assist with:

Accurate economic impact of the equine industry
Location of equine in the state – all counties in SC have equine and owners
Disease control, import/export as well as interstate and intrastate
Disaster preparedness plans and emergency evacuations
Marketing for equine and equine related industries
Marketing SC – tourism
Marketing SC – foreign investment
Recreation activities for youth, adults and family oriented
Parks, Recreation and Tourism Planning
Dept. of Natural Resources Planning
U. S. Department of Agriculture and SC Dept. of Agriculture Planning

To show General Assembly/Governor, State Agencies (Dept. of Commerce, Tourism) the magnitude of equine industry – keep trail/greenspace and develop new ones, new arenas and facilities, promotion and development of equine events, promote youth groups and projects (4-H, FFA, Pony Club etc.), develop educational opportunities, enact legislation locally and statewide to protect and benefit equine industry, etc., etc., etc.

Bring in new industry related business – new jobs