September 2004 -- American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Executive Council members unanimously approved on
The $3,090,000 budget includes a first-time line item for a Certified U.S. Wool Clip Program, which will highlight properly prepared clip, as well as the producers, shearers and warehouses involved in its production and marketing.
The program?s initial focus will be that of reducing colored fiber and polypropylene contamination in clip. Subsequent focus will be on improving the processing predictability of
Also included is a self-certification process through which shearing crews can demonstrate their commitment to improving the quality and reputation of
ASI also plans to continue working on the international program for wool exports and military/new product programs for domestic wool mills.
?More than $800,000 of ASI?s budget will be received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s invaluable Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) program, which is utilized to promote American wool and pelts internationally,? explains ASI International Wool Marketing Director Rita Kourlis Samuelson. ?The FAS program has played a vital role in increasing exports of
Other funding-approved activities include:
The FY 2005 budget was first reviewed and approved on July 9 by
The budget now awaits approval by ASI Board of Director members.
Other actions approved by the ASI Executive Board include at the July 10 meeting include:
Executive board members also heard about ASI programs aimed at providing more competition in the wool market that have played an important role in narrowing the price margin between domestic and international wools. Although the ultimate effect on pricing is multi-faceted, increased competition from