January 11, 2008
January 11 2008 - The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) recommended the re-appointment of four members to the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee (NWSAC). Twenty committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms and can serve up to three consecutive terms.
ASI supported the re-nomination of following four producers from across the country: Nina Baucus, a Montana rancher; Maurice Shelton, Ph.D., a Texas rancher and Texas A&M University educator; Patti Strand, national director of the National Animal Interest Alliance from Oregon; and Bryce Reece, executive director of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association and producer.
NWSAC members advise the agriculture secretary on USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services' (APHIS) Wildlife Services program activities and policies. APHIS is responsible for managing wildlife conflicts, preventing wildlife damage to agriculture and protecting communities from wildlife threats.
"ASI is proud to recommend and support these committee members who will be working with the Wildlife Services Agency - one of the most crucial programs in the federal government for sheep producers," said Burdell Johnson, ASI president.