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National Forest Service Identifies Priority Areas for Trail Repair

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 20, 2018 National Forest Service Identifies “Priority Areas” for Trail Repair, Lawmakers to Expand Scope of RNR Act On February 16, the Department of Agriculture’s National Forest Service (NFS) unveiled a list of 15 trail areas that the agency is targeting for priority maintenance projects.  As you recall, the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act (PL 114-245, aka, “Trails Act”), signed into law in late 2016, directs the NFS to take steps to reduce the backlog of federal maintenance projects by identifying those that are in most need of repair. The Trails Act outlines a detailed program including goals and timetables by which the Department of Agriculture (USDA) will leverage private partners ...
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AHC Meets With Department of Transportation

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 18, 2018 AHC Meets with Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration The American Horse Council met with Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Deputy Administrator and leadership team this week in response to a letter sent to Secretary Chao on January 28th, 2018. AHC staff went to DOT headquarters to raise the industry’s concerns and solicit clarification on how the existing regulations should be interpreted, and how those interpretations are affecting the horse industry. The AHC expressed the industry’s interest in an increased level of stakeholder outreach, the lack of uniform interpretations nationwide, the applicability of various exemptions already in place, and the appropriate avenues ...
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Join our Member’s Only Group

The following is from the American Horse Council: Join our Member's Only Facebook Group! As a member of the AHC, we know want you to stay up to date and informed of the issues that could impact the industry you love. That's why we created our Member's Only group on Facebook- a place where we can post information and updates and get our members immediate feedback.* In addition to the Washington Updates you receive, this is just one more way the AHC is working to keep our members informed and up-to date! Click below to join the group today! *Only current AHC members are eligible to join. All requests to join will be subject to verification by the AHC. Join AHC ...
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2019 Annual Meeting Location Survey

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 16, 2018 Help the AHC Pick the 2019 Annual Meeting Location The AHC is in the process of looking at hotels for our 2019 Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum and we want our member's opinion! Please take a moment to complete the survey at the link below. We would appreciate your response no later than Wednesday, February 21st. Thank you! Take the Survey ...
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ELD and CDL Webinar Recording

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 14, 2018 ELD and CDL Webinar Recording While registration filled up quickly for the AHC's First Quarter 2018 webinar on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and Commercial Drivers License (CDL) requirements, the AHC recorded the webinar in order to share with our members. This is a multifactorial issue, with requirements for a CDL varying from state to state. The AHC is planning on hosting a second webinar on this topic in the coming weeks, and will be meeting with the Department of Transportation this coming Friday to further address how to best communicate the complexities of the requirements to the equine industry. The AHC recommends contacting your state Department of Transportation for ...
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Congress Strikes Budget Deal in Wake of Brief Funding Lapse

The following is from the American Horse Council: February 9, 2018 Congress Strikes Budget Deal in Wake of Brief Funding Lapse Renews 3-Year Depreciation for Race Horses for FY2017 Following a procedural roadblock in the Senate that initiated a five-hour government shutdown early Friday – the briefest lapse on record and second in three weeks - Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, legislation that will fund government operations through March 23 and remove budgetary obstacles to allow longer-term FY2018 appropriations talks to move forward.  Fortunately for the horse industry, lawmakers approved an important tax incentive to restore three-year depreciation of racehorses for FY2017, allowing race horse owners to take advantage of the incentive within their FY2017 tax submission.  This will allow racehorse owners to ...
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