April 6, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the nomination period for solicitation of directors to the American Lamb Board (ALB) for next year. Two positions held by sheep producers are up for appointment next year: one for a producer who owns 101-500 head annually and one for a producer who owns more than 500 head annually. One of the nominees must be from Region 2-west of the Mississippi River.
The two producer-director positions for which nominations are needed include those of Betty Sampsel (Mont.) and Alicia Dredge (Idaho). Sampsel represents producers who own 101-500 head annually and is eligible to be re-nominated to the board. Dredge represents producers with more than 500 head and is also eligible for re-nomination.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) will be nominating a slate of producers to the secretary of agriculture for appointment to the board. Those interested in being considered producer nominees to this board should contact their state sheep producer association, ASI director, regional representative or the ASI office. ASI plans to nominate at least two producers for each position.
Applications must be received at the ASI office by May 18 to be considered. ASI encourages certified state associations to share their producer nominations with the office.
Other positions up for appointment include one feeder and one first handler. Dan Lippert (Minn.), feeder, and Reed Anderson (Ore.), first handler, are both eligible to be re-nominated to the board. Interested feeders should contact the National Lamb Feeders Association and first handlers can contact their meat organizations.