AHC Latest News- April 10,2020

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The following is from the American Horse Council:

April 10, 2020 – Special Issue

Copyright © 2020 American Horse Council

Free webinar on COVID-19 Financial Assistance Options
for Horse Owners and Horse Businesses

If you or your business is struggling financially due to COVID-19 related layoffs, closings, or reduced business, join Extensionhorses.org and AHC to learn about some assistance options.

Ashley Harkins from the United Horse Coalition (UHC) provided an overview of  UHC and spoke about their resource database of safety net programs including rescues and hay banks for horse owners.

Bryan Brendle from the AHC described some pandemic-related federal assistance programs including unemployment assistance, federal tax rebates, and two small business loans made available by the CARES Act (the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan). He also discussed who qualifies and how to apply for each of these.

Watch Video here

AHC Annual Meeting Rescheduled
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have reached all facets of the equine industry including the AHC’s Annual Meeting & National Issues Forum originally scheduled for June 7-10, 2020.
Our host hotel has unfortunately had to furlough a number of staff, and informed us this week that they did not feel they would have adequate resources to address our needs in June.

Please note our new dates are October 25-28, 2020 at The Le Meridien in downtown Denver CO. A revised meeting schedule and agenda will be made available shortly.

 

Survey COVID-19 Economic Impact on Equine Industry

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The American Horse Council is conducting a brief survey (14 questions which take less than 10 minutes) to determine the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the equine industry. We would very much appreciate your assistance with collecting this information. The only thing you need to have handy is your total horse related income and expenses for March 2019 and March 2020 so we have some comparison.
It’s important to note that for statistical reasons we are sending this survey to a predetermined 1,000 people. Please do NOT forward this or share this survey with others as statisticians will be scaling the responses and we must preserve the sample size .This survey will close April 20, 2020, and depending on the pandemics length we will reissue each month to get up to date numbers and data.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AHCCOVID19Impact
                                                              Thank you. Be well and Be Safe. #HorseStrong
National resource database
available to help at-risk horses.

UHC has pushed up the release of its resource database questionnaire in the wake of COVID-19, in an effort to compile a listing of all known safety net programs available in the nation to help owners who are in need, as well as the rescues and sanctuaries that help them.  It is our hope, that by having one centrally located area to access these resources, we will help owners keep their horses from becoming at-risk during these trying times.

The brief questionnaire can be completed by going to our website here:  https://unitedhorsecoalition.org/resource-database/

Two-Week Old CARES Act Unleashes Avalanche of Emergency Loan Applications

Since passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act two weeks ago, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun to implement one of the law’s signature provisions, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  As reported in a widely circulated edition of AHC’s Tax Bulletin , the CARES Act provides about $350 billion to help bridge payroll, rent and related expenses for small business, non-profits,  independent contractors and the self-employed.  The loans, capped at $10 million or two and one-half times an employer’s average monthly payroll – whichever sum is smaller – are available to a small business or 501(c)(3) or (19) nonprofit with not more than 500 employees.  The SBA is rolling out the program in two steps:  on Friday, April 3, the agency began to process applications from small business, sole proprietors, and 501(c)3 and (c)19 corporations.On April 10, the agency will officially extend the program to two new classes of potential borrowers; the self-employed; and independent contractors.  The expansion of the pool of eligible borrowers should benefit large segments of the horse industry, including veterinarians, farriers and trainers, among others.  Unlike other programs, the SBA will fully forgive any loan made pursuant to the PPP, so long as the borrower uses funds to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utilities.  Furthermore, federal regulators are requiring that borrowers use at least 75 percent of the loan amounts to cover payroll.  SBA is deferring any payments due pursuant to PPP loans for six months.   (Continued …)

The SBA is processing an unprecedented volume of applications, creating bottlenecks within the financial system and raising the possibility that the program could run dry in two or three weeks.  To help create efficiencies within the process, federal policymakers are considering two options:  allowing the Federal Reserve to step in and assist the SBA in disbursing loans directly to banks; and moving legislation that would allocate an additional $250 billion to the program, above the $350 billion authorized by the CARES Act.  While the Administration has authority to take immediate action to smooth implementation of Paycheck Protection, authorizing additional billions of dollars will require an act of Congress.  This is already proving problematic as lawmakers debate priorities for next steps for COVID-19 relief.

For a detailed overview of Paycheck Protection, go to the following link:  https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20–%20Overview.pdf.

Potential borrowers can find more information, including where to apply for loans, at the following link:  https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP–Fact-Sheet.pdf.  To view a copy of the three-page application, please click on the following link:  https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf .

Details:  Bryan Brendle at bbrendle@horsecouncil.org.

AHC Webinar Series  Topics & Dates

Mark your calendars to attend or visit our website afterwards to hear the replay of these great guests speakers.

“Drones in the Equine Industry” with Allison I. Fultz, Attorney at Law

APRIL 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM

“From the Front Gate to the Back Fence – How to be your own CEO” with Cowboy Entrepreneur, Scott Knudsen

MAY 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM

“Sustainable Horse Farms – Why and How” with Jane Thery, President Green Horse Enterprises & John Blackburn of Blackburn Architecture.
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

To learn more, go to our website at www.horsecouncil.org. To register for any of the webinars, email AHC at info@horsecouncil.org .

NY Animal Import Center Update

As the federal government better understands the threat COVID19 presents, they continue to provided new updates. As of April 6, the New York Animal Import Center (NYAIC) resumed accepting reservations for import quarantine reservations. Reservations may be made to begin Monday, April 13, 2020. Also, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has extended its Emergency Declaration through May 15th. The declaration can be found here:  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002-relating-covid-19  States are continuing to issue their own emergency declarations and it is recommended to check with your state departments of transportation for more information.

We need your help to ask Congress to include associations in the Paycheck Protection Program. The House and Senate are currently negotiating additional funding in response to COVID-19. While associations are included in some of the recently passed CARES Act’s programs , many associations are very concerned that trade and professional associations experiencing severe revenue losses during the current pandemic were excluded from the popular and beneficial Paycheck Protection Program.   Over 3,500 associations have signed onto a letter including AHC, AAEP, AQHA and others….

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