In a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) provided a slate of nominees for consideration for appointment as producer-directors of the American Lamb Board (ALB).
Nick Forrest (Ohio) and Reyes Rich (Tenn.) were put forward for the producer category representing 100 head of lambs or less. In the more than 500 head of lambs category for producers, Brad Boner (Wyo.), Pierce Miller (Texas) and Florence Cubiburu (Calif.) were submitted as nominees for the board.
"I believe you will find the slate provides a full opportunity to appoint experienced and dedicated producers who have served their industry at the local, state and national levels and who meet the requirements of the order regarding size of operation," stated Glen Fisher (Texas), ASI president, in his letter to the secretary.
Forrest has been involved in the sheep industry for more than 30 years and currently is a manager for Kroger Foods. He promotes American lamb at work, on the farm and at food shows. Forrest runs a family operation of 30 head of sheep.
As president of the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association, Rich has initiated a system of committees to enable the association to be more effective. He has secured funding to promote the sheep industry and to help defray the cost of sheep programs. Rich and his wife, Carla, have a flock of 85 black faced ewes.
Boner runs a family sheep operation of 6,500 breeding ewes and feeds 3,000-4,000 lambs. He is a founding member of Mountain States Lamb Cooperative from Glenrock, Wyo.
As a fourth generation sheep producer, Miller operates a 5,000-breeding-ewe ranch. He has taken responsibility for both his grandfather's and his parents ranches. Miller has extensive leadership experience in the sheep industry.
Cubiburu leads California's lamb promotion and is an experienced leader for the industry at the state and national levels. She helped write the American Lamb Checkoff order as a member of the sheep industry checkoff exploration taskforce.
"These individuals are very capable of making decisions in cooperation with the feeding and packing sectors represented on this diverse, industry-wide board," concluded Fisher.