Plans for the annual spring trip to Washington, D.C., are well underway. Members of the American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Legislative Action Council, along with member-state sheep association leaders, will be in Washington May 1-3.
The purpose of the visit is to bring the message of the sheep industry to the nation's capitol and coordinate updates on wool, lamb, trade, sheep disease and protection programs with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Visits with federal policy makers regarding legislation and meetings with agriculture and land management agencies about programs that affect the business of sheep producers in this country are being planned.
Topics of interest for these meetings include appropriations for top sheep programs at USDA including Wildlife Services, which was the subject of a full House vote last year; an extension of the language prohibiting the federal land management agencies from reducing sheep grazing due to wild sheep; defending sheep and wool research that is being threatened by budget cuts; the U.S. Forest planning rule; and sheep priorities in the next Farm Bill.
The much anticipated American lamb barbecue for congressional and administration representatives will again be hosted by ASI on Wed., May 2, in Alexandria, Va.
Producers interested in participating in this event should contact their state association or Peter Orwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33