University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

2012 Kentucky Equine Survey – Clearing up any misunderstandings

It has come to our attention that a few Kentucky horse owners may have false information about the purpose of the 2012 Kentucky Equine Survey and the use of its resulting information. In an effort to clear up any misinformation about the survey, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Equine Programs aims to set the facts straight.

 

Myth 1: Providing this information will result in a change to my tax rate or other government scrutiny.

IN FACT, information provided to the National Agricultural Statistics Service is kept absolutely confidential. NASS has been providing census and other survey services in many segments of agriculture for more than 100 years and by law doesn’t divulge any identifying information, even to the various entities who have hired its services (like UK) or to other government agencies. It even falls outside of the purview of an open records request or legal subpoena, and is one of the only governmental agencies that does. For more about confidentiality, security and information protection by NASS, please see http://www.nass.usda.gov/About_NASS/index.asp.

 

Myth 2: Specific information I provide about my operation will be shared or available to other government or business agencies or the general public.

IN FACT, the purpose of the survey is not to determine information about specific people or businesses, but rather what breeds of horses, for what uses, with what economic impact and in what counties occur in Kentucky. The same laws governing the confidentiality of your information apply here.

 

Myth 3: It won’t matter if I don’t provide the information. They can get that from others.

IN FACT, every response matters. By not providing important information about breeds of horses that reside in Kentucky, the state’s horse industry loses an accurate representation of that breed. The lack of participation by any one sector could lead to an overall underestimation of the value of the industry (and hence less clout among our state’s leaders) as well as an undercounting of a specific breed and its value compared to other breeds.

This will be considered the official count of horses in Kentucky for 2012. Make sure your horses and the economic impact they provide to Kentucky are counted!