Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced four appointments to the American Lamb Board (ALB). Each appointee will serve a three-year term beginning January 2011.
"These appointees represent a cross section of the lamb industry and I am confident that the lamb industry will be well served by them," said Vilsack.
The newly appointed board members are Stan Potratz (Iowa), representing producers with more than 500 head and Dennis M. Stiffler (N.Y.), representing first handlers. Reappointed to the board are Nick L. Forrest (Ohio), representing producers with 100 head or less and Richard Drake (Colo.), representing feeders.
The 13-member board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first-handlers.
The board is financed by a mandatory assessment of one-half cent per pound on sheep of any age, including ewes and rams, sold by producers, seedstock producers, feeders and exporters. Also, an assessment of thirty cents per head is paid by first-handlers. Assessments began on July 1, 2002.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the board.