The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) Board of Directors (BOD) approved the association's fiscal year 2012-2013 wool budget and the legislative budget as well as approved the membership dues rate. The budget proposals were recommended to the directors by ASI's American Wool Council and the executive board.
The $2.25 million wool budget provides programs and services that will improve sheep production, marketing and information about American wool. The wool programs serve sheep producers, domestic and international wool initiatives and the use of American wool by the U.S. military for fire-retardant, moisture-managing, machine-washable and antimicrobial wool fabric. Funds are also provided for local wool projects through the Wool Outreach program.
Board members also voted in favor of the Fund II budget, which is used for the legislative and membership activities of the association as well as association services.
Finally, in a unanimous vote, the BOD approved the re-entry of Rhode Island Sheep Cooperative as an ASI member state making them the 46th member.
"I am very pleased with the board of director's support for ASI's innovative programs for the next fiscal year," stated Margaret Soulen Hinson (Idaho), ASI president. "These approved programs are vital to keeping our industry thriving and gaining strength into the future, and it is encouraging that the state organizations recognize that value."