The Lamb Research and Promotion assessment increase, proposed rule LS-11-0038, is scheduled to be published in the June 12 Federal Register. The comment period will be open through Aug. 13.
The American Sheep Industry Association endorsed the request of the American Lamb Board to increase the assessment rate. The amount of funding for American lamb has not increased in the decade the program has been in operation. The program was approved in a national referendum in 2005 and again in a 2009 referendum, both by a nearly 80-percent margin. It is the only national livestock checkoff that assesses producers, feeders, packers and exporters.