ASI Positions

As a producer-driven federation of state associations, ASI communicates the associations’ position on policies developed by its membership. Please check out the specific policy issues in Washington, D.C., that affect America’s sheep producers.

2022 Section 32 Purchase Request

September 2022 – U.S. Senate Request 

October 2022 – U.S. House Request

ASI One Pagers – ASI Priority Issues

China Retaliation One Pager

January 28, 2021 – Bicameral Letter to Acting Secretary Shea on Small Ruminant Rule

February 5, 2021 – Senate Letter to OMB on Small Ruminant Rule

February 12, 2021 – Rep. Herrell letter to Acting Secretary Shea on Small Ruminant Rule

February 2019 – Statement Supporting the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA)

May 2018 – ASI Trade Letter to Under Secretary Ted McKinney

July 2016 – Proposed Rule; The rulemaking would amend the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie regulations regarding the importation of live sheep, goats and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, products and byproducts. The proposed scrapie revisions regarding the importation of sheep, goats and susceptible wild ruminants for other than immediate slaughter are similar to those recommended by the World Organization for Animal Health in restricting the importation of such animals to those from scrapie-free regions or certified scrapie-free flocks.

September 2016 – ASI Comments

ASI One Pager – Wildlife Services

2022 (FY23) Wildlife Services Letter of Support

The 222 organizations representing a broad range of food producers, wildlife organizations, sportsmen, aviation, local governments and resource interests that benefit from the cooperative efforts of the Wildlife Services program sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate showing support for WS funding and to oppose any effort to restrict or eliminate WS funding.

2021 Wildlife Services Letter of Support

2020 Wildlife Services Letter of Support

ASI One Pager – Bighorn Sheep in Domestic Sheep Grazing Allotments

June 2021 – ASI comments on Bridger-Teton National Forest; Bighorn Sheep Forest Plan Amendment

May 30, 2018 – ASI/PLC Comments on Utah Mineral Mountain Bighorn Sheep Unit Plan

October 11, 2017 – ASI Comments on Nevada Wilderness Area Proposed Capture

December 22, 2016 – ASI Comments on Nevada Bighorn Proposed Translocation

March 2016 – BLM Releases Policy 1730 Risk of Contact Policy

February 2016 – Secretary of Agriculture and Chief of the Forest Service Held in Contempt of Court for Use of Illegal Reports on Disease Transmission from Livestock to Bighorn Sheep

August 6, 2015 – Testimony before the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Interior “Threats to Grazing from Federal Regulatory Overreach”

  • Testimony of Shaun Sims, Wyoming Sheep Ranch
  • Testimony of Randy Parker, CEO Utah Farm Bureau Federation

June 2015 – USDA Letter to Permittees regarding Bighorn Sheep Grazing

June 2015 – Undersecretary Robert Bonnie’s Response to Congressional Bighorn Letter

April 2015 – Congressional Bighorn Letter to Secretaries Vilsack and Jewell

November 11, 2014 – USFS West-Wide Bighorn Sheep Areas and Domestic Sheep and/or Goat Grazing Allotment

November 11, 2014 – USFS West-Wide Bighorn Sheep Occupied Habitat and Domestic Sheep Grazing Allotments

National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition

The American Sheep Industry Association is a member of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition. To learn more about the Horse and Burro Coalition, go to its website at wildhorserange.org.

October 4, 2017 – ASI Comments to Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board

June 22, 2016 – Testimony to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Federal Lands

  • Hearing Testimony
  • Hearing Testimony Attachments

Coalition Communications:

September 22, 2016 – Coalition Letter to Public Rangeland Management

April 13, 2016 – Public testimony calling for the BLM to manage horses and burros at Appropriate Management Levels to protect the rangeland ecosystem

March 23, 2016 – BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program Activities in FY 2017 Budget Proposal

February 3, 2016 – Comments of the National Horse and Burro Rangeland Management Coalition on EA – Mare Sterilization Research – DOI-BLM-OR-B000-2015-0055-EA

January 4, 2016 – Horse and Burro Coalition Launches 2016 Information and Education Campaign

November 5, 2015 – Coalition Letter to BLM Regarding Beaty Butte Wild Horse Gather

November 4, 2015 – Congressional Letter to BLM Regarding Wild Horse Situation

November 4, 2015 – Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Letter to Secretary of the Interior on Over-population of Wild Horses

ASI One Pager – Scrapie Eradication

May 2018 – ASI Letter to Under Secretary Greg Ibach re: Scrapie Tags

July 2016 – Proposed Rule; This rulemaking would amend the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and scrapie regulations regarding the importation of live sheep, goats and wild ruminants and their embryos, semen, products and byproducts. The proposed scrapie revisions regarding the importation of sheep, goats and susceptible wild ruminants for other than immediate slaughter are similar to those recommended by the World Organization for Animal Health in restricting the importation of such animals to those from scrapie-free regions or certified scrapie-free flocks.

September 2016 – ASI Comments

Tax Reform

March 2017 – ASI Urges Estate Tax Repeal

2014 Farm Bill

April 28, 2014 – Clint Kreb’s Testimony Before the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit Hearing

GIPSA

October 13, 2016 – Letter from Secretary Vilsack to Barry Carpenter Regarding “Fair Farm Practice Rules”

Forest Service Directive on Groundwater Resource Management

September 2, 2014 – PLC, ASI, NCBA and ANG Comments to Forest Service

Hours of Service Exemption

September 2013 – Federal Register Comments