2012 Accomplishments

  • Included language in the Senate Farm Bill Committee Report that would direct USDA to develop a national equine health plan and fill a vacant equine vet position.
  • Secured an increase in funding for equine health programs in the House FY2013 USDA appropriations bill.
  • Secured passage of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act, introduced by Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA). The bill ensures the National Park Service will continue to issue permits to commercial horse and mule packers to operate in the wilderness area of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
  • Worked with a broad coalition of recreational users to save the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that provides $85 million in annual funding for trails throughout the country.
  • Successfully opposed new Department of Labor regulations that would have barred young people from working in agriculture and with horses. The AHC along with other agricultural organizations convinced the Administration and Congress that these rules were ill-considered, would prevent young people from becoming involved in agriculture, and would negatively impact family farms and ranches.
  • Supported Congressional action to prohibit the Department of Labor from implementing a new H-2B temporary foreign worker wage rule opposed by the AHC. The rule would significantly increase the cost of the program.
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