The American Horse Council’s (AHC) National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, will feature speakers and panels from across the horse industry on “Protecting and Promoting the Horse.” The topic will be addressed by representatives from federal agencies and various sectors of the horse industry, each discussing what they are doing in these areas.

The National Issues Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 16, in Washington, D.C., during the AHC’s annual convention. The convention will run from June 14 to 17 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

Gary Woodward, deputy undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), will kick off the program Tuesday morning. His agency, APHIS, likely has the most day-to-day federal interaction with the horse industry of any department of the federal government. He will be joined by USDA staff from APHIS and other departments to explain USDA’s relationship with the horse community and its efforts to protect the health of horses and support the continued viability of the industry. Leaders and staff from the USDA will be present to review the department’s goals, program direction, allocation of resources, and opportunities for the horse industry.

The forum will also feature presentations on other programs to protect and promote the horse.

The Unwanted Horse Coalition, which operates under the umbrella of the AHC, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will provide an update on its initiatives and those of its members over the last decade to protect unwanted horses, its current activities