ASI Testifies to Subcommittee on Farm Bill Priorities
March 17, 2017

The new Farm Bill is on the minds of everyone who is involved in agriculture these days. Hearings on the bill's priorities are in full swing.

The American Sheep Industry Association accepted an invitation to provide testimony on the state of the sheep industry and priorities for the next farm bill to the members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture on Tuesday, March 21, regarding The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives. Offering ASI's comments will be executive board member Bob Buchholz from Eldorado, Texas.

Challenges and concerns of the industry will be shared with the subcommittee, including the Bighorn threat, Scrapie eradication, the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station as well as the following priorities for the farm bill:
  • Update and reauthorize the Wool Marketing Loan;
  • Re-authorize the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center;
  • Make financing available for an accessible foot-and-mouth vaccine bank;
  • Livestock Mandatory Reporting;
  • Livestock Indemnity Program;
  • Livestock Forage Disaster Program; and
  • Funding for sheep pharmaceutical development.