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ASI’s producer-driven structure includes a Board of Directors and Executive Board plus councils and committees that are tasked with developing and executing policies on issues affecting the sheep industry.

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Brad Boner, President

Boner is a past president of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association who previously served as the Region VII director to the ASI Executive Board. In that capacity he represented Idaho, Montana and Wyoming within the association. He left that position in 2019 when he was elected secretary/treasurer of ASI and now serves as vice president.

A sheep and cattle producer in Glenrock, Wyoming, Boner previously was chairman of the Mountain States Lamb Cooperative and has worked tirelessly for the sheep industry as a part of ASI’s Wool Council, Lamb Council and Let’s Grow Committee.

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Ben Lehfeldt, Vice President

A fifth-generation sheep rancher from Montana, Lehfeldt’s family has been involved in the sheep industry for 135 years. Lehfeldt has served on ASI’s Wool Council and is a director for the Montana Wool Growers Association. In addition, he served on the American Lamb Board and has been the sheep industry representative to the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

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Joe Pozzi, Secretary/ Treasurer

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Susan Shultz, Past President

With her husband, Bill, and son, Joe, Shultz operates Bunker Hill Farm, a fourth-generation diversified family farm in Ohio. They breed black-faced (Suffolk) terminal sires primarily for the western range commercial industry and are committed to genetic improvement through the use of objective measurements and the National Sheep Improvement Program. Performance criteria are centered on multiple weighings for growth and the use of ultrasounds for loin eye and fat determination. The Shultz’s were the 2004 winners of the ASI Environmental Stewardship Award.

Shultz has a strong history of serving the sheep industry through numerous leadership positions including president of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and regional director on the ASI executive board. She was co-chair of ASI’s Production, Education and Research Council, chair of the Roadmap Productivity Improvement Committee and chair of ASI’s Let’s Grow Committee.

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Kevin Melvin, Region I Director

Region I = Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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Lisa Weeks, Region II Director

Region II = Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

With her husband, Larry, and daughters, Lexi and Laryn, the Weeks family are first-generation shepherds raising Katahdins since 1990. Lisa and her husband manage a 50-ewe flock while continuing to work full time off the farm. The family flock has been enrolled in the National Sheep Improvement Program since 2001.

The Weeks’ have been members and supporters of ASI since 1994 and Lisa has served as the Virginia state director to ASI and as a member of the Production, Education and Research Council for numerous years. She and her husband have been long time members of the Virginia Sheep Producers Association and were awarded the Roy A. Meek Outstanding Sheep Producer Award in 2016. At the local level, their farm annually hosts students from the veterinary technician program of Blue Ridge Community College for some hands-on field trips for first- and second-year students.

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Larry Hopkins, Region III Director

Region III = Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin

Larry Hopkins, his wife, Angie, and daughter, Emma O’Brien own and operate a purebred sheep and wool operation called Little Eagle Creek Valley Farm in Westfield, Ind. He is also a partner in the family dairy farm, which is managed by his brother.

Larry is a four-term past president of the Indiana Sheep Association, has received the associations’ Shepherd of the Year award and served six years on the Indiana Sheep and Wool Council, which oversees the state check-off program. He has served as a breed manager at the North American International Livestock Exposition for several years and volunteered in many capacities out in the sheep world.

During his professional career, Larry served as CEO/CAO of the Indiana Office of Attorney General for 19 years overseeing a combined $50 million budget and a staff of 400-plus. He also served as manager of Fishers, Ind., for seven years while it was among the 25 fastest growing communities in the United States. He has managed several statewide political campaigns, served as a national convention delegate and state director of the Dole for President campaign.

Larry is a lifelong member of Indiana Farm Bureau and has an additional daughter, Anna, who resides in Tallahassee, Fla., and flies home every year to help the family show sheep at the Indiana State Fair. Together, the family has exhibited sheep in 17 different states during a 25-year time span.

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Lynn Fahrmeier, Region IV Director

Region IV = Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Lynn Fahrmeier of Wellington, Mo., is a first-generation shepherd on a fifth-generation farm that has been in the family for more than 120 years. Lynn and his wife, Donna, have been raising Katahdin hair sheep since 1997.  As an early adaptor of regenerative farming practices, the Fahrmeiers use their sheep flock and cattle herd to graze cover crops on many of their 2,000 acres of crop ground. Fahrmeier has been president of Katahdin Hair Sheep International, chairman of the National Sheep Improvement Program, and has served as a board member of the Missouri Sheep Producers Association for many years. He is currently serving on the Missouri Farm Bureau Sheep Committee and is chairman of the Wellington Community Christian Center.

A graduate of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Fahrmeier has worked tirelessly to promote agriculture and has hosted many farm tours.  The Fahrmeier’s have two children, Samuel and Elizabeth, and a son-in-law, Dillon.


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Rodney Kott, Region V Director

Region V = Texas

Rodney Kott has actively been involved in the sheep industry all his life. He was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Texas, and grew up on a diversified ranch raising fine-wool sheep, angora goats and cattle. He raised Delaine and Corriedale breeding sheep exhibiting them at numerous county fairs and most major stock shows in Texas.

He has a BS (1974) and MS (1976) from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. After graduation, he moved to Montana, where he was the state sheep extension specialist and a professor in the Animal Science Department at Montana State University until he retired in 2013 (34 years). During that time, the family continued to operate the family sheep operation in Gillespie County.

Rodney returned to the home ranch in Texas after retiring and has been raising commercial fine-wool sheep. Rodney received a number of awards for his service to the sheep industry including ASI’s Flock Guardian (in 2009) and Wool Excellence (2013) awards and was chief editor of ASI’s Sheep and Goat Research Journal after retirement.

Rodney and his wife, Sharon, reside in his grandfather’s house in the Wolf Creek area of Gillespie County. He and Sharon have a son (Bryan) who is an assistant high school principal in Garden City, Kan., and a daughter (Lisa Harrington) who is a nurse practitioner in Fredericksburg.

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Bronson Corn, Region VI Director

Region VI = Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona and Nevada

A fifth-generation rancher from Roswell, N.M., Bronson Corn runs a diversified operation that includes fine wool sheep, cattle and goats. He served two terms as president of the New Mexico Wool Growers Association before his election to the ASI Executive Board to represent Region VI. In addition to growing up on the family ranch, Bronson attended New Mexico State University and the Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program. He resides in Roswell with his wife, Barbara, and children, Garrett and Madison.

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John Noh, Region VII Director

Region VII = Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

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Ryan Indart, Region VIII Director

Region VIII = California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington

Ryan Indart is a Fourth Generation Sheep Rancher in Fresno County CA. In 2009 Ryan purchased the sheep ranching enterprise from the family business and started The Indart Group, Inc., which is engaged in sheep ranching, direct marketing of lamb, dry land farming, custom sheep grazing services specializing in large utility scale solar projects and custom farm work. He currently grazes around 3,500 Targhee X Finn sheep, and shears over 30,000 pounds of wool that is warehoused and sold through Roswell Wool. Along with sheep ranching, Ryan and his family also farm cherries, oranges, almonds, and dry land wheat and barley in Fresno County and on the family ranch in Clovis, CA.

Ryan is extremely proud and honored to have the opportunity to continue the Indart Family name in the sheep industry today. Ryan is an active and involved leader in many aspects of the Sheep Industry. He is a past president of and current Board member of the California Wool Growers Association and Western Range Association. He is a Board member of the National Lamb Feeders Association. He is the past Chair and Board member of The Clovis Chamber of Commerce. He is the current VP of The Fresno County Farm Bureau and sits on the District 8 Liaison Committee for Blue Diamond Growers.

Ryan’s passion for the sheep ranching industry and farming community are evidenced by his involvement in it, and his continued commitment to the survival and success of a lifestyle and industry that is defined by its deep roots of family, tradition, environmental stewardship, sacrifice, and perseverance. Ryan is happily married to his wife Beatriz and have four daughters: Lucia, Cecilia, Maggie, and Anna Marie.

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Kate Harlan, National Lamb Feeders Association

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