July 11, 2003
The U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced in a Federal Register in April that it was accepting nominations for upcoming vacancies to the American Lamb Board (ALB). The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) provided a slate of nominees for consideration for appointment as producer directors of the ALB.
In the 101-500 head of lamb category, ASI re-nominated existing board member Margaret Magruder from Oregon. Magruder has a strong livestock background and is an active member of numerous agricultural associations. Also nominated in this category is Leon Jarvis from Utah, who has been engaged in ranching and farming for 51 years.
Thomas Kourlis, a lifelong rancher from Colorado and current board chairman, is nominated in the 500+ head of lamb category along with Arthur ?Chico? Denis, a self-employed rancher and farmer who has been associated with the sheep industry since 1959.
?ASI undertook the serious responsibility of leading our industry through the process of establishing a national check-off for American lamb. We, likewise, have taken serious steps to provide a highly qualified slate of nominees, whom we believe, upon appointment, will make this new program not only work but work well for the industry,? commented ASI President Guy Flora.
Two producer director seats are up for appointment each year under the schedule established by USDA with consideration required for size of operation and geographic location.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33