ASI Submits Slate of Nominees for ALB, NSIIC
May 19, 2017

The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association has provided a slate of nominees for the Secretary of Agriculture to consider for appointment to the American Lamb Board and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

The nominations to the ALB seat for a producer with more than 500 head of lambs are David Quam (Texas) and Gary Visintainer, DVM (Colo.). Gary Jorgensen (Kan.) and Terry Felda (Ore.) have been nominated for the seat serving producers with less than 100 head of lambs.

Quam is being nominated for a second term. He has been in the sheep business for 43 years, and buys and sells 25,000 to 40,000 sheep per year, feeds 500 to 2,500 and raises more than 500 lambs and goats per year. Visintainer of Craig, Colo., has been in the sheep industry for 44 years. He has a commercial range operation of 800 ewes and has been part owner of a veterinary clinic for 15 years.

Jorgensen of Greensburg, Kan., has been in the sheep industry for 40 years and has maintained a production-oriented Dorset flock for decades. He has been a member of the Kansas Sheep Association for 12 years and is the current president. Jorgensen is currently a member of ASI's Production, Education and Research Council.

Terry Felda of Ione, Ore., has been in the sheep industry for 10 years and is involved with sheep milk production and lamb feeding. She milks 72 ewes and feeds 100 lambs from February to October. She is an active member of the Dairy Sheep Association of North America, having served as newsletter editor and on the board of directors.

Candidates for the three open positions to the NSIIC board were also selected. Jeremy Geske (Minn.) and David Trotter (Ind.) were put forward for the first producer director seat. Steve Lewis (N.M.), Cody Hiemke (Wis.) and Jeremy Geske (Minn.) were chosen for the seat with expertise in finance and marketing. Brenda Reau (Mich.) and Laurie Hubbard (Penn.) were put forward for the second producer director seat.

Geske has been in the business for 35 years, running 40 Suffolk ewes. Trotter has been in the business for 27 years, currently running 25 purebred brood ewes. He has been active in the sheep industry as an extension educator for 33 years and a member of the Indiana Sheep Association.

Lewis has spent the last 15 years running 3,600 lambs and being involved in vegetable/row crop production. Nominated for a second term, Hiemke has been in the business for 36 years, running 60 ewes on 12 acres and coordinating the processing of 8,000 to 10,000 lambs annually.

Reau has been in the business for 35 years, running 35 ewes and has been a member of the Michigan Sheep Producers Association for 33 years. Nominated for a second term, Hubbard has been engaged in sheep production her entire life. She runs 85 commercial and purebred ewes.