Sheep Industry Plans D.C. Visit
February 15, 2013

Represent your state in Washington, D.C. Members of the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Legislative Action Council, along with member-state sheep association leaders, will be in Washington May 6-8. 
 
The purpose of the visit is to bring the message of the sheep industry to the nation's capitol and coordinate updates on wool, lamb, trade, sheep disease and protection programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Visits with federal policy makers regarding legislation and meetings with agriculture and land management agencies about programs that affect the business of sheep producers in this country are being planned. 
 
Topics of interest for these meetings include immigration reform, maintaining funding for the Wildlife Services Agency at a meaningful level, Farm Bill programs and continued mandatory price reporting for the sheep industry. 
 
The much anticipated American lamb barbecue for congressional and administration representatives will again be hosted by ASI on Wednesday, May 8, in Alexandria, Va. 
 
"We expect 60 or more producers to participate again this year," commented Peter Orwick, ASI executive Director. "A briefing will be held late in the day on Monday, May 6, USDA meetings will be held on May 7 and we will wrap up the third day with congressional visits." 
 
Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at porwrick@sheepusa.org.