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Denver, Colo. - Jan. 30, 2009 - Margaret Soulen Hinson of Weiser, Idaho, was elected vice president of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) at the 2009 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 24, 2009.
Soulen Hinson is a third-generation livestock producer. The Soulen family has a range sheep and cattle operation. Soulen Livestock runs approximately 10,000 head of ewes and 1,000 cows. They have been in business since the early 1920s. The business is headquartered in Weiser and operates in eight Idaho counties. Soulen Livestock's base property is comprised of approximately 50,000 acres that is used in conjunction with various state, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and private land leases.
Soulen Hinson attended the University of Idaho from 1974 to 1979 majoring in special education and elementary education. After graduation, she came back to the family livestock business and has been actively involved in various industry associations.
Soulen Hinson is past chairman of the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission. She currently is a member of the University of Idaho's Citizen's Advisory Board for the Policy Analysis Group and an advisory board member for the College of Natural Resources. She is on the board of directors for the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, an advisory board member for the Center for Conservation Incentives and serves on the Third Judicial Magistrate Commission. She chairs the Weiser Memorial Hospital Board and co-chairs the ASI Prescribed Grazing Committee.
Commenting on her election to the office, Soulen Hinson says, "As an officer in ASI, I will continue to work cooperatively with a wide variety of agencies to develop programs that will help to stabilize and grow the sheep industry. Wildlife conflict and management have become very important issues in our industry. Whether it be the conflict between domestic and bighorn sheep or the management of predators, I see these as areas of priority to continue the strong work of ASI."
Other officers elected to the ASI Executive Board at the convention were Glen Fisher of Sonora, Texas, to the office of president and Clint Krebs if Ione, Ore., to the office of secretary/treasurer.
ASI is a national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 70,500 sheep producers.