The American Sheep Industry Association's (ASI) executive board finalized the industry's nominations to the National Wildlife Services Advisory Committee. Nominations include Dave Johnson from Wisconsin, Alan Olsen of Utah and Arville Lammers from Montana.
In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) solicited for nominees for five additional positions to serve a two-year period. The purpose of the committee is to advise USDA on the activities, policies and research needed to conduct Wildlife Services. The committee serves as a public forum enabling those affected by the Wildlife Services program to have a voice in the program's policies.
Johnson has been involved with the sheep industry for 31 years. He was a sheep producer for 20 plus years, a packer/buyer and involved on the marketing side of the industry. He has served with National Resources Conservation Service State Board, Beef Council, the National Livestock Producers Association Sheep and Goat Loan Committee and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.
Olsen has spent the last 30 years ranching in Utah raising sheep. He has first-hand experience dealing with predators on his ranch and has served as an officer of the Utah Wool Growers Association for the last six years. He supports his community as a member of the local city council.
Lammers is a sheep rancher in Montana with 48 years experience. He manages about 1,000 head of cattle and 800 head of sheep. He is a long-time member of the Montana Wool Growers Association, Montana Stockgrowers Association and Mountain West Farm Bureau. He has supported his community by serving on many different organizations.