Requests for Let's Grow Round 3 Funding Exceed $950,000
April 22, 2016

In its current round of grant requests, the Let's Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association received 28 applications requesting a total of more than $950,000 competing for $195,000 in available funds.

"We are humbled by the number of requests for funding that we have received from the industry," said Susan Shultz, Let's Grow Committee chair. "We take the responsibility of distributing these funds very seriously and will evaluate each grant application to determine to what level it fits with the targeted priorities of this program."

As documented in the grant application, high priorities for grant funding include projects that support the mission statement of the Let's Grow Committee. That mission is to support, promote and ensure the U.S. sheep industry's future through the development of innovative and sustainable initiatives that increase the productivity, profitability and growth of the American sheep industry, which will further enhance domestic wool and lamb production.

In addition, the goals of the Productivity Improvement Committee of the Sheep Industry Roadmap will be considered. These goals are:
  • Support the adoption of quantitative genetics by the U.S. sheep industry.
  • Support a national initiative to establish and support producer groups that are committed to improving producer productivity and increasing producer profitability, including adopting new technology and using best management practices.
Along with these priorities, the committee also set special Round 3 initiatives during its January meeting at the ASI convention in Scottsdale, Ariz. Those special priorities include:
  • Increase the adoption of out of season lambing to help distribute supply more evenly and thus help decrease the seasonality of lamb production.
  • Development of business tools to assist sheep ranchers/producers.
The Let's Grow Committee will meet in Denver on May 9-10 to evaluate and approve funding.