June 13, 2008
June 13, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Monday the appointment of 20 members, representing a broad array of agricultural, animal welfare and wildlife interests, to serve on the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC). Members will serve their appointments through Feb. 19, 2010.
During their terms, the committee members will provide advice from diverse stakeholders to USDA on the activities and policies of Wildlife Services (WS). The first meeting of the committee will occur this summer.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) supported the re-nomination of following producers from across the country: Nina Baucus, a Montana rancher; Bryce Reece, a producer and executive director of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association; Maurice Shelton, Ph.D., a Texas rancher and Texas A&M University educator; and Patti Strand, national director of the National Animal Interest Alliance from Oregon. Committee members can serve up to three consecutive terms.
"The WS program is very important to the sheep industry," commented Burdell Johnson, ASI president. "ASI is proud to have such strong representation for the sheep industry on this committee."