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Agriculture/Equine Work Group Recommendations
<ul><li>Home to more horses and ponies than any other county in U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50 different equine breeds </l...
Marion County Agriculture <ul><li>Home to nearly 3,500 farms </li></ul><ul><li>Over 266,000 acres in total farmland </li><...
Economic Impact <ul><li>A full assessment of Economic Impact is not currently available for Marion County </li></ul><ul><u...
Work Group Recommendations <ul><li>Ocala/Marion County should commission an agriculture economic impact study </li></ul><u...
Work Group Recommendations <ul><li>2.  Community outreach & educational programs  to provide opportunities to enhance the ...
Next Steps <ul><li>Create a long-term advisory council to oversee recommendations and remain a sounding board for concerns...
Projected Results <ul><li>Improved and enhanced export opportunities (for Ag and Equine) </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate agains...
Work Group Participants <ul><li>David Holmes </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Freel Best </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Best </li></ul><ul...
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Ocala/Marion County Chamber Agriculture-Equine Workgroup

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Final 2009 Presentation of the Ocala/Marion County Agriculture-Equine Workgroup

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Ocala/Marion County Chamber Agriculture-Equine Workgroup

  1. 1. Agriculture/Equine Work Group Recommendations
  2. 2. <ul><li>Home to more horses and ponies than any other county in U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50 different equine breeds </li></ul><ul><li>500 acre horse park bringing estimated $15.1 million to local economy </li></ul>Horse Capital of the World®
  3. 3. Marion County Agriculture <ul><li>Home to nearly 3,500 farms </li></ul><ul><li>Over 266,000 acres in total farmland </li></ul><ul><li>Sold more than $173 million in ag products in 2007 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Economic Impact <ul><li>A full assessment of Economic Impact is not currently available for Marion County </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What about contributing to quality of life? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value to the community? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preserving/identifying our rich ag heritage & culture? </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Work Group Recommendations <ul><li>Ocala/Marion County should commission an agriculture economic impact study </li></ul><ul><li>Studies commissioned by other counties have revealed critical economic data including benefits of ag. tax dollars vs. residential tax dollars per acre and multiplier effects </li></ul>
  6. 6. Work Group Recommendations <ul><li>2. Community outreach & educational programs to provide opportunities to enhance the business community’s perception of agriculture </li></ul>Critical for preserving local farming heritage and culture and global importance. Negative agriculture perceptions can result in increased misinformation and an array of local damage
  7. 7. Next Steps <ul><li>Create a long-term advisory council to oversee recommendations and remain a sounding board for concerns or issues surrounding agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Create a task force to see that recommendations come to fruition </li></ul>
  8. 8. Projected Results <ul><li>Improved and enhanced export opportunities (for Ag and Equine) </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate against policies harmful to farming </li></ul><ul><li>Further mending of the disconnect between Agriculture - Equine - the rest of the business community. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Work Group Participants <ul><li>David Holmes </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Freel Best </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Best </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Boutwell </li></ul><ul><li>Valerie Dailey </li></ul><ul><li>Katie Duley Sawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Erin Fred </li></ul><ul><li>E.B. Gee </li></ul><ul><li>Paul D. Vrotsos </li></ul><ul><li>David Harden </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Hatch </li></ul><ul><li>Terri S. Kane </li></ul><ul><li>C.J. Marcello </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin McDonald </li></ul><ul><li>Joan Pletcher </li></ul><ul><li>Margaret Rowell </li></ul><ul><li>Hellena Smejda </li></ul><ul><li>Jaye Baillie </li></ul><ul><li>Elizabeth Stevens </li></ul>

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