October 10, 2003
In a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release on Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman announced four appointments to the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms to what is more commonly known as the American Lamb Board (ALB).
?The board administers programs that enhance domestic markets for lamb and lamb products and I am pleased these individuals have agreed to give their time and expertise to serve on this board,? stated Veneman.
The 13-member board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first handlers. The Secretary appoints one-third of all board members each year.
Margaret Magruder of Oregon was re-appointed to the Board in the producer category along with the new appointment of Florence Cubiburu of California. A. H. (Chico) Denis III of Texas has been newly appointed to represent feeders and Kevin Quam of Colorado has been re-appointed to represent first handlers. Retiring from the Board are Tom Kourlis and David Winters.
?The American Lamb Board just completed its first year of operation -- fulfilling a key achievement for the sheep industry,? stated American Sheep Industry Association President Guy Flora. ?The 2002/2003 Board should be commended for the immense amount of work they accomplished since they were seated. Hiring staff, establishing a compliance office and developing programs that will build demand for American lamb are just a few of the challenges this first-year board surpassed.?