National Sheep Industry Improvement Center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for positions on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors. There are three vacant positions for the 2018 board, of which two vacancies are for sheep producers and one vacancy for a person with expertise in marketing. Any U.S. sheep producer may be nominated for the producer positions and anyone with expertise in finance and management may be nominated for the marketing position.

As a nominating organization for NSIIC, the American Sheep Industry Association is looking for volunteers to put forward for consideration for the vacant positions. Applications must be submitted to ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick at porwick@sheepusa.org by May 5 for consideration by the ASI Executive Board.

CLICK HERE for the NSIIC Board of Directors Application.

The board is composed of seven voting members and two non-voting members. Voting members include four active U.S. sheep producers, two members with expertise in finance and management, and one member with expertise in lamb or wool product marketing. Non-voting members include USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, and Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. USDA selects appointees from candidates nominated by certified national sheep industry organizations.

The Sheep Center was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. The board administers a grant program designed to improve the infrastructure of the U.S. sheep industry by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.