Keeping Your Equine Business a Vibrant Part of Rural Communities
PI: Anderson, K. (University of Nebraska)
Co-PIs: Auwerda, P. (Iowa State University), Heyboer, G., Skelly, C., and Waite, K. (Michigan State University), and Martinson. K. (University of Minnesota)
Project Abstract: The equine industry is a vital part of agriculture at a national, state and rural community level. There are over 1 million horses and 162,000 horse farms in the North Central region (NCR) (USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture). Over 70% of horse owners live in rural communities of 50,000 or less. Most equine related businesses (training, breeding, boarding, etc.) are rurally located and support larger located spectator aspects of the industry. Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, and Iowa State University will develop a equine business education program targeted for the NCR, but applicable nationwide. Each state will host a simultaneous Extension conference focusing on liability, business finance, marketing, and insurance for equine business owners.