The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the nomination period for American Lamb Board (ALB) directors. Four director slots are up for appointment this year--two producers, one feeder and one first handler. All of the current directors are term limited and can not be re-nominated.
Of the producer slots, one vacancy must be filled by a producer who owns 101 to 500 lambs annually while the other producer position must own more than 500 lambs annually. Nominations for one of the two positions must come from Region 2, which is any place west of the Mississippi River.
As a certified national organization, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is authorized to nominate individuals for the two producer positions. AMS requires that at least two nominees be put forward for each director seat.
Producers fitting these specification and who are interested in being considered as producer nominees to ALB should contact their state sheep producer association, ASI regional representative or ASI state director. Applications, which are available at www.ams.usda.gov, must be received at the ASI office on or before Friday, March 27, to allow time for the ASI executive board to finalize nominee selections prior to the early-April federal deadline.
Retiring from the board in 2010 are Margaret Magruder (Ore.), Florence Cubiburu (Calif.), Chico Denis (Texas) and Kevin Quam (Colo.).
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33