||Texas Ag Commissioner Endorses Texas
A&M Equine Business Center
Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Susan Combs has offered a ringing endorsement of the proposed
Center for Equine Business Studies at Texas A&M University.
In a recent letter to College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Vice Chancellor
Elsa Murano, PhD, Combs noted that she has been a strong proponent of
the Texas horse industry, which has the highest population of horses in
the United States, and recognizes its economic impact to the state. Even
more importantly, she said the Texas horse market would serve as excellent
proving ground for the Center.
"Texas would serve as a superb example to the nation in demonstrating
the value of learning more about the horse livestock and related industries,"
Combs said. "Most importantly, our horse owners would be better served
by a more knowledgeable infrastructure of associations, businesses and
governments, who would use the information produced by the Center to become
more effective decision makers."
Already endorsed by the American Quarter Horse Association, American Association
of Equine Practitioners, Equibrand Corporation, Wrangler, the American
Paint Horse Association and many others, the Center is slated to be operational
in 2007 and will include an internationally recognized staff of agricultural
economists who are concerned with improving the economic rationality of
decisions made within the many sectors of the nationwide horse industry.
"Receiving this endorsement from Commissioner Combs is testimony
to what this Center could do for states across the country who wish to
expand and capitalize on the value of the horse and its related industries
within their states." said CEBS Executive Director Ernie Davis. "Furthermore,
the commissioner very aptly pointed out that a knowledgeable industry
will be growing industry that can better serve its customers."
A summit scheduled May 17-18 in Fort Worth addressing the needs of the
equine industry will play a key role in the planning of the Center.
The summit will be held at the international headquarters of the American
Paint Horse Association. A reception is scheduled at 7 p.m. May 17, followed
by a full session with lunch May 18 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hotel reservations may be made at the Hilton Garden Inn by calling 817-222-0222
and requesting the Center rate of $109. Reservations must be made by May
7 to receive that rate.
To receive an information packet about the Center and membership, contact
Dr. Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling
979-845-1705 or at 2124 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2124.