Executive Board Actions
July 25, 2014

At its summer meeting on July 17, the executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) endorsed the budgets for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The Wool Trust budget, the Supplemental Wool Trust budget and the Fund II budget were all approved and recommended for submission to the Board of Directors for approval.

A supplemental budget was built this year to fund the bulk of the Lamb Industry Roadmap that focuses on productivity improvement of sheep. Last January, the ASI Board of Directors supported the allocation of association staff, budget and resources to the roadmap plan.

ASI President Clint Krebs noted, "This is appropriate and the right fit for ASI budgets to significantly fund the Grow Our Flock campaign and our research and education programs. Both are key to productivity improvement in the sheep industry."

The dues rate for state association membership for 2015 will remain unchanged at 3.5 cents per stock sheep and $8 per member.

Other approved agenda items included a move to direct ASI staff to follow up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service regarding action on proposed changes to the price reporting system for lamb.

ASI will file a "Friend of the Court" in support of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) in Dubois, Idaho. Activist groups filed a lawsuit against USSES this month attacking sheep grazing at the station.

Burton Pfliger (ND) was appointed the official delegate to represent the United States to the Tri Lamb meeting, which will be held prior to the ASI convention in Reno in January.