2016-17 Sheep Budgets Approved
September 2, 2016

The American Sheep Industry Association's Board of Directors approved the association's fiscal year 2016-17 wool and legislative budgets. A total of seven ballots were presented, all of which were approved. The budget proposals were recommended to the directors by ASI's American Wool Council and Executive Board.

The wool budget provides programs and services that will improve sheep production, marketing and information about American wool. The wool programs serve sheep producers, domestic and international wool initiatives and the use of American wool by the U.S. military. Funds are also provided for local wool projects through the Wool Outreach program.

Promotional and direct-marketing activities with the international wool industry have been approved by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service to be carried out by ASI in the upcoming fiscal year. Activities that have been a major force in creating international markets for the United States during the last dozen years will continue.

The approved Legislative Budget passed with the collective amount of these dues budgeted for lobbying activities in Washington, D.C. Approved for the third year, the Supplemental Budget will continue to fund activities of the Let's Grow Committee.

The board also approved membership rates. The rate of state association membership dues and individual membership dues will be the same as in past years. The dues assessment rate for Associate Membership was approved at an increased rate of $400 for the next fiscal year.

In its final ballot, the board of directors approved the Dairy Sheep Association of North America as an Associate Member.

"I am very pleased with the board of director's support for ASI's innovative programs for the next fiscal year," stated Burton Pfliger (N.D.), ASI president. "These approved programs are vital to keeping our industry thriving and gaining strength into the future, and it is encouraging that the state organizations recognize that value."