For more information:
Peter Orwick, (303) 771-3500, ext. 33
Judy Malone (303) 771-3500, ext. 35
Laura Gerhard (303) 771-3500, ext. 30
?The key message to the nation?s sheep producers is that the program will be implemented,? says ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. ?Initially, we anticipated a sign-up deadline of July or August, but due to the time it has taken USDA to clear all the paperwork and application form, we should consider late September for the start of sign-up.?
USDA?s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided a status update for
?A great deal of enthusiasm for this program, aimed at building the
?With a 60-day comment period, producers should look for a sign-up announcement in mid-September at the earliest,? adds Flora. ?If they are considering the purchase of ewe lambs for breeding, then
On Jan. 27, 2004, Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced that USDA would provide the U.S. lamb industry with $18 million in payments to sheep and lamb producers to encourage the replacement and retention of ewe-lamb breeding stock. The severe drought conditions in 2001 and 2002 reduced ewe-lamb replacement for thousands of producers, who lacked adequate feed and water for ewe-lamb retention.
?The announcement of the ewe-lamb program was a very welcome response by USDA to the ASI leader?s request which allows all producers the chance to participate,? says Orwick.
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