The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) board of directors is accepting grant proposals designed to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. sheep and goat industries.
Proposals must be submitted before midnight, Sept. 15. The center has approximately $1 million available for grants that will support facility and infrastructure improvements designed to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and goat products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development and market and environmental research
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) established the Sheep Center in the 2008 Farm Bill and worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to set up the federal regulations and the appointment of sheep producers and marketers to the board of directors.
"ASI is pleased that the board has identified increasing American lamb and wool production as a top priority for its support as it parallels the 2011 through 2014 nationally approved initiative of "Lets Grow" to build the sheep inventory to meet new demand," stated Peter Orwick, ASI executive director. "ASI encourages state sheep associations and businesses interested in projects to build sheep numbers to coordinate with the ASI office on grant proposals that can impact regional and national efforts."
Financial assistance provided by NSIIC must accomplish one or more of the following objectives:
The nine-member board is comprised of seven voting and two non-voting members. Voting members include four domestic producers of sheep or goats, two members with expertise in finance and management and one member with expertise in lamb, wool, goat or goat product marketing. Non-voting members include the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics.
The Board will review each proposal, recommend funding and submit them to AMS for approval.
For more information, contact Steve Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-350-9065. Visit the website, www.nsiic.org, for additional information.