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Sept. 13, 2005
ASI Board of Directors Approves FY2006 Budget
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Peter Orwick, (303) 771-3500, ext. 33
Judy Malone (303) 771-3500, ext. 35
Amy Trinidad (303) 771-3500, ext. 55
DENVER, Colo. ?The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) board of directors unanimously approved the association?s fiscal year 2005-2006 Wool Trust budget via mailed ballots at the end of August. The budget proposal had been recommended by the ASI American Wool Council and the executive board during their July meeting.
The $2,250,000 budget provides programs and services that will improve the viability of the sheep industry and address the Wool Trust objectives.
Through the market research and promotions program, ASI will continue to explore market opportunities for wool and maintain a strong emphasis on developing U.S.-made wool products for military uses. Further work will help refine the current enzyme process for machine-washable wool products, explore the concept of wool blended with Nomex fiber for the civilian market and military underwear applications and facilitate the exploration of wool fabrics for encapsulated products for the civilian-performance markets.
Direct marketing activities with international wool buyers will continue to be funded in the upcoming fiscal year. Those activities include trade teams, communications and in-country representatives, who continually service the trade. Trade missions are a major component of the international program that will help facilitate some processing trials.
The quality improvement program will continue to work on assisting the shearing segment of our industry, promoting the new Certified U.S. Wool Clip program and will continue to bring domestic wool descriptions to standards that are used all over the world.
In addition, emphasis will be placed on further education of the use of the AWEX-ID (Australian Wool Exchange Industry Description) program. ASI will continue working with the U.S. wool infrastructure on its implementation, which includes the development of the auditing system to maintain integrity of the description and registration of AWEX-ID appraisers.
Market information and analysis for the sheep industry, quality-assurance, animal-health and trade services are a critical component of the budget.
The ASI producer communications program will continue as changes will be made to the Sheep Industry News, as well as to the ASI Web site, www.sheepusa.org. In addition, funds have been allocated for printed materials, press releases, radio spot requests and for the 2006 annual convention, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz.
In addition to the Wool Trust budget, ASI has matching funds allocated to continue to apply for more than $900,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which will be used to promote U.S. wool and pelts internationally.
Fund II Budget
Board members also unanimously approved the proposed ASI Fund II budget that had been recommended by the executive board. This budget carries the legislative and membership services, with the addition of extra support to the ASI Resource Management Program. The additional program money will allow ASI to further address key issues of the U.S. sheep industry, such as predator control, public and private land use, endangered species and wildlife interaction issues across the country.
The third ballot in the vote was the approval of the dues assessment for FY 2006 at the same rates as those of FY 2005 ? $.03 per stock sheep and $6 per member. The income from dues and fundraisers provide all the revenue for the Fund II Budget.
?As is evident by the board of director?s vote, the industry is supportive of ASI?s services,? says Paul Frischknecht, president of ASI. ?We look forward to assisting the nation?s sheep industry in 2006.?
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 42 state sheep association, benefiting the interests of nearly 67,000 sheep producers