CALL TO ACTION: Include Alternative Allotment Language in Appropriations Bill
September 23, 2016

From October through the end of the year, Congress will be wrapping up Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations negotiations as they begin to pull together the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. It is the hope of the sheep industry that positive language regarding grazing allotments will be included in the FY 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill and Conference Report, or their respective sections in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

To assist with this objective, please contact your members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as your Congressional Champions and ask them to weigh in with House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert (Calf.) and Senate Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (Ark.) in support of this request.

The language being requested is a simple and equitable solution - find suitable alternative allotments for those sheep operators whose permits in bighorn habitat have been reduced before kicking them off long-standing allotments. Also, additional congressional direction requiring the utilization of USDA's own science and consultation with permittees and state wildlife officials is essential if these issues are going to be addressed without destroying an industry and a way of life.

In addition, member of Congress will be doing political events and town hall meetings over the next 45 days. Please make every effort to attend these events and stress the importance of their support of this request.

The letter to provide to congressional delegates and the proposed language are available on the American Sheep Industry Association's website at www.sheepusa.org/IssuesPrograms_LegislativeActionCenter.