Make your plans to attend the annual spring trip to Washington D.C. Members of the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Legislative Action Council along with member state sheep association delegates will be in Washington from May 5-7, 2010.
The purpose of the trip is to bring the message of the sheep industry to the nation's capitol and coordinate updates on wool, lamb, sheep disease and protection programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visits with federal policy makers regarding legislation and meetings with agriculture and land management agencies about programs that affect the business of sheep producers in this country are being planned. Topics of interest for these meetings include continued funding for top sheep programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture inclusive of wildlife services, scrapie eradication and new funds for bighorn disease research; opposition to the administration's budget to cut wool manufacturer funds; the implementation of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center; and sheep priorities for the next Farm Bill.
The much anticipated American lamb barbecue for congressional and administration representatives will again be hosted by ASI on Wed., May 5, in Alexandria, Va.
Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at email@example.com.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33