Grant deadline Approaching
If you are interested in submitting a grant proposal to the Virginia Horse Industry Board, you need to get your proposal into the VHIB Office by noon on Monday, March 3rd.
Projects that advance the Virginia horse industry in the areas of education, marketing, and research will be considered for funding for fiscal year 2014-2015. To submit your proposal and learn more about the specifics on doing so, visit the "Grant Guidelines" section of this site.
Additionally, checking out the listing of grant winners for 2013-2014 in the "News" section of this site may prove helpful as well.
New Equine Interstate Event Permit Allows Horse Owners
To Move Animals Throughout Southeast United States
For Six Months
Effective immediately, horse owners may elect to obtain the six-month passport in lieu of a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection that is only good for 30 days. Read more in the News Section
The Virginia Horse Industry has an economic impact
of $1.2 billion.
This and other important statistics are in the economic impact study conducted by Dr. Terance Rephann of UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center & funded by the VA Horse Industry Board.
• Download the Equine Economic Impact Study (PDF)
• See highlights of the Economic Study here
Virginia Tech Sophomore Named National FFA President
Brian Walsh of Woodstock, VA, has just been elected president of the National FFA Organization which is comprised of 579,000 FFA students across the country. A sophomore at Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he will spend the next year traveling some 150,000 miles in more than 40 states meeting with CEOs of major agricultural businesses and advocates for the industry-- all to inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders. FFA was started at Virginia Tech in the 1920s when four agricultural education professors started an organization for students interested in agricultural careers. Now there are 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The name changed from Future Farmers of America to the National FFA Organization in 1988 to reflect the diversity of agriculture that encompasses business, technology, and science. The Virginia Horse Industry Board is a major supporter of the FFA, this year alone awarding $5,700 in grants to help ag students advance toward their equine career endeavors in Virginia.
Horse Board Continues Support of Virginia Horse Center
The Virginia Horse Industry Board has just re-affirmed its on-going support of the Virginia Horse Center Foundation in Lexington with another installment on its 10-year grant commitment. Over the past five years, the Horse Board has awarded $75,000 to help support the Virginia Horse Center which hosts half a million visitors at more than 100 events per year, featuring over 100,000 horses. For additional information and a schedule of events visit the Horse Center website.