Skip to content

TFBF Supports Alexander Legislation



The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and President Lacy Upchurch have officially endorsed S. 2193 introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).  This endorsement comes after Tennessee Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau have already endorsed the house companion bill (H.R. 4098)introduced by Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) earlier this year.

Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) were original co-sponsors of S. 2193 that calls for independent oversight of enforcement of the Horse Protection Act (HPA), an advisory welfare committee of independent veterinarians, objective, science-based inspection protocols and increased penalties for violators of the HPA.



Tennessee Farm Bureau President, Lacy Upchurch release the following letter. You can also click here to view the letter.

April 23, 2014

The Honorable Lamar Alexander
United States Senate
455 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Washington DC 20510-4206

Dear Senator Alexander:

Thank you for your introduction and support of S.2193, the Horse Protection Amendments Act of 2014. On behalf of the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, I commend you and Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul for your action. We support this common-sense approach and believe your efforts, along with Congressman Blackburn and others in the House, provide a path for all Tennesseans to once again embrace the beauty of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

Not only is the Tennessee Walking Horse symbolic for our state, but the equine industry as a whole provides a
valuable market for many agricultural commodities and equine owners patronize many farm service businesses.

We are proud of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and support efforts to move in a direction where all
Tennesseans can embrace the beauty of the horse along with a confidence in the care of the animal.
Your legislation (S.2193) implements an objective, science based testing process and provides a bright line
indicator of the misuse of both chemicals and equipment. This technology and process ensures the basic rights
of those who follow the law will be protected. For those who do not follow the law, the inspection process will
provide undisputable evidence.

We thank you for your support and want to help you in your efforts to move forward.
Thank you again for all you do.

Sincerely,

W. Lacy Upchurch
President

cc: The Honorable Bill Haslam, Governor of Tennessee
Julius Johnson, Commissioner of Agriculture
Bob Stallman, President of American Farm Bureau Federation

More Stories

  • NCCWHS class schedule changes

    The North Carolina Championship, scheduled for Oct. 4-6, has made the following changes to their class schedule... Read More
  • Obituary – Burl Dale

    Burl Jacob Dale entered into eternal life Tuesday, September 18, after a courageous fight with heart disease. He recently celebrated his 82nd birthday... Read More
  • Columbia honors its own

    Columbia’s mayor Dean Dickey proclaimed Sept. 20 to be Gen A' Mighty Day following the horse’s recent World Grand Championship victory at the Celebration, making the horse the fifth World Grand Champion to hail from Columbia... Read More
  • Latest Issue September 24 18

    Read More
  • A Mighty Strong Finish

    Going into the coveted World Grand Championship class Saturday night, Sept. 1, the field was somewhat wide-open for contenders riding for the biggest prize of the show. The preliminaries had given several horses a chance to shine, a few surprises emerged, and the judges were spread out with their opinions throughout the week, as was the crowd, demonstrating stiff competition. Read More
  • Oxford, NC show rescheduled

    North Carolina's PPWHANC Show scheduled for Oxford,N.C. on September 15th has been rescheduled; the new show date is September 29th with the same class schedule as previously presented.  Read More
  • #900 never to return to Celebration competition

    At the 79th anniversary of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, Bill Callaway and Gen’s Black Maverick rode into the ring on the last Saturday night to a roar of applause and cheering, and they exited the ring in the same fashion as they claimed the title of 2017 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion... Read More
  • Obituary – Pat Kirk

    Pat Kirk, 89, of Purdy, Missouri entered into eternal rest on Tuesday September 11, 2018 while at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  Read More
  • Obituary - Burl Dale

    The Report has recently learned of the sudden passing of Burl Dale on September 18, 2018. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 PM at Camp Yonahnoka in Linville, North Carolina. Read More
  • Allen honored with Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award

    The Celebration and the Adamson family are proud to announce the 2018 winner of the Evan Lloyd Adamson award, Connie Allen, director of office operations for The Celebration. Read More