February 25, 2011
The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) gathered in Denver this week for its first quarterly meeting of the year. The top agenda item was the appointment of ASI council and committee members who were selected from among many qualified nominees put forth by state industry leaders.
"It is exciting to have such a diverse, nationwide representation of sheep producers on the councils and committees," stated ASI President Margaret Soulen Hinson. "The executive board is very pleased with the willingness of producers to serve in these volunteer positions that are so vital in determining the direction of their industry."
Other actions taken during the meeting included:
- approved funding for the launch of the 2+2+2=Rebuild the U.S. Sheep Inventory Initiative plan from the fiscal year 2011 budget of ASI. With this action, the ASI office can begin development of materials, presentations and outreach to the sheep industry, state sheep producer organizations and the larger agriculture audience;
- established a planning process to consider an update to the long-term strategic plan for ASI;
- discussed concerns about the proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Wildlife Services in both the administration's budget and the continuing resolution underway in Congress;
- initiated a request for nominations to USDA's Wildlife Advisory Committee; and
- began solicitation for directors to the American Lamb Board to serve in 2012.
Letters announcing ASI council and committee appointments will be mailed in the next couple weeks.