Represent Your State in Washington, D.C.
March 14, 2014

Plans for the annual spring trip to Washington, D.C., are well underway. Members of the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Legislative Action Council, along with member-state sheep association leaders, will meet in Washington May 5-7. 
 
The purpose of the visit is to deliver the sheep industry's message to the nation's capital 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 trade agreements and export access for American lamb; appropriations for top sheep programs at USDA including Wildlife Services, which is expected to be attacked via a floor amendment again this year; immigration reform; Grazing Improvement Act; and updated mandatory price reporting for the sheep industry. 
 
An industry reception will be held on Wed., May 7, at the offices of Cornerstone Government Affairs for Hill and agency personnel. 
 
Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at porwick@sheepusa.org.