July 31, 2009
The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Goat Committee is pleased to announce the election of the interim board of directors for the first-ever national organization devoted to the goat industry - the American Goat Federation (AGF). The purpose of the AGF will be to build and define the U.S. goat industry on a unified front to work on issues facing the entire industry.
ASI's Goat Committee, in collaboration with the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office and the American Sheep and Goat Center, have worked over the past year to support the organization made up of individuals genuinely interested in the overall success and promotion of the goat industry. Most recently, the Goat Committee elected the AGF's interim board of directors, which will be charged with formulating bylaws and developing a membership campaign and budget for the organization.
"This interim board is made up of a diverse group of volunteer leaders that represent various segments of the goat industry," explains Lee Bloodworth, Texas producer and co-chair of ASI's Goat Committee. "The willingness of these individuals to serve on the initial board of the goat federation demonstrates their commitment to the success of the industry. It is very exciting to have the board in place to lay out the next steps of the new organization."
Those elected to the AGF interim board are: Tom Boyer, Coalville, Utah; Steve Burton, West Jordan, Utah; Jeff Crawford, Chatsworth, Ga.; Bob Duke, Utopia, Texas; Brain Faris, Ph.D., Manhattan, Kan.; Will Getz, Ph.D., Fort Valley, Ga.; Shawn Harper, Benton, Ky.; Katherine Harrison, Groveport, Ohio; Marge Kilkelly, Dresden, Maine; Pierce Miller, San Angelo, Texas; and Robin Saum, Lancaster, Ohio.
"We conducted an extensive nomination and election process from May through July to arrive at the eleven national directors for the board" says Dean Swenson, North Dakota producer and co-chair of the Goat Committee. "We encourage all goat producers and affiliated goat industry groups to track the progress of the new organization, and become involved in a groundbreaking moment in the U.S. goat business."
Getz explains that the role of the sheep industry has been strictly one of assisting in the initial steps to establish a trade organization for goat producers; actions and decisions from this point forward are up to the new directors and goat producers to define their national trade organization.