The executive board of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) held its summer meeting in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, Aug. 20.
Representatives of the Idaho Wool Growers Association met with the board regarding bighorn sheep and fundraising activities to support a resolution to the controversy. The executive board unanimously approved funds from the Guard Dog Program to assist in the state's efforts.
It was reported that the merger of the American Sheep and Goat Center into ASI has been fully approved. With this merger, and a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), ASI will be responsible for endorsing the National Livestock Producers Association's (NLPA) Sheep and Goat Fund budget and directors. ASI looks forward to the extension of the MOU between itself and NLPA.
Following the meeting, the board was given the opportunity to visit with the Soulen family about their operation and to visit a ban of sheep in the Payette Forest.