May 12, 2006 -- On Tuesday, Kenny Payne of the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) informed producer organizations that the date to nominate producers to the American Lamb Board (ALB) has been extended until June 15, 2006.
Payne also indicated that the initial correspondence from AMS incorrectly defined the producer positions to be filled. It was originally announced that one position must be filled by a producer west of the Mississippi River who owns annually between 101 and 500 lambs, while the other position must be filled by a producer who owns annually more than 500 lambs.
The memo clarified that nominees for either position may be from Region 1 (east of the Mississippi River) or Region 2 (west of the Mississippi River).
The American Sheep Industry Association is authorized to nominate individuals to the two producer positions. Those interested in being considered as producer nominees to this board should contact their state sheep association, ASI regional representative or ASI state director. Applications must be received at the ASI office on or before Friday, June 2, after which the ASI executive board will meet to finalize nominee selections to be submitted to AMS by June 15.
As previously announced, two producer positions are up for appointment this year. They are currently held by Margaret Magruder (Ore.) and Florence Cubiburu (Calif.), who are both eligible for re-nomination. Magruder represents producers who own annually between 101 lambs and 500 lambs; Cubiburu represents producers who own annually more than 500 lambs.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33