September 2004 -- The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) was notified
This formal process likely will require two months, after which sign-up will begin.
?The key message to the nation?s sheep producers is that the program will be implemented,? says ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. ?Initially, we anticipated a sign-up deadline of July or August, but due to the time it has taken USDA to clear all the paperwork and application form, we should consider late September for the start of sign-up.?
USDA?s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided in late July a status update for
As was announced by the department earlier this year, the base period of ewe-lamb program eligibility is
?A great deal of enthusiasm for this program, aimed at building the U.S. sheep inventory, has been generated since the official commitment of USDA was announced in January 2004 ? producers are anxious not to miss out on the sign-up period,? adds ASI President and Ohio sheep producer Guy Flora. ?Due to the number of calls to FSA offices, it was important that USDA update
?With a 60-day comment period, producers should look for a sign-up announcement in mid-September at the earliest,? adds Flora. ?If they are considering the purchase of ewe lambs for breeding, then
?The announcement of the ewe-lamb program was a very welcome response by USDA to the ASI leaders? requests, which allows all producers the chance to participate,? says Orwick.