About the Equine Promotion Board
The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board is an Illinois not-for-profit entity, organized to provide research, promotion and education for the equine industry in Illinois. Authorized by the enabling legislation, the Equine Promotion Board collects a voluntary assessment on equine feed purchased in Illinois. Run by a 12-member board of directors, the Equine Promotion is responsible for the collection, monitoring and disbursements of the equine checkoff funds.
Mission Statement - Core Purpose
The core purpose of the Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board is to enhance the Illinois equine industry through self-funded programs, projects and activities.
The enabling legislation, Illinois Equine Industry Research & Promotion Act (PA 93-0135), establishes the structure and provides for a "volunteer" assessment of $2.00 per ton on commercial horse feed that will be dedicated to:
- The continuation and expansion of existing and development of new equine programs that enhance the growth of the Illinois Horse Industry, an industry that is made up of 77,000 Illinois horse owners and over 15,500 Illinois jobs.
- Funding for research and educational programs and developments in the equine industry beneficial to all equine owners in the state.
- The creation of informational and promotion programs and greater involvement in the equine industry by the citizens of the state.
The program requires no State resources, requires no State funding and is not a tax. Rather it is a structure that will enable the horse industry, in a volunteer manner, to self-fund the programs. In the Illinois fiscal environment, it is vital that we act to ensure that equine programs and services remain an ongoing benefit to Illinois citizens and the Illinois economy.
Further, the funds collected from the Equine Promotion Board will be returned to the equine industry through self-funded programs, projects and activities — not funneled to state GRF!