NSIIC Announces Request for Proposals
July 1, 2016

The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center board of directors is accepting grant proposals designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15.

NSIIC was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and as part of the 2014 Farm Bill was awarded funding by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to be used for the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program. Grant funding can be used on activities designed to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development and market and environmental research. The center has budgeted approximately $300,000 for grants that will support projects consistent with the program. The average grant amount during the last four years has been $27,200.

The nine-member board is composed of four domestic producers of sheep or goats, two members with expertise in finance and management and one member with expertise in lamb, wool, goat or goat product marketing. Non-voting members include the USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and the USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics. The board will review each proposal, recommend funding and submit final recommendations to AMS for approval.

Additional details and the application can be found on the NSIIC website at www.nsiic.org. For more information, contact Steve Lee at (202) 350-9065 or at stevelee@nsiic.org.