NATIONAL SHEEP INDUSTRY IMPROVEMENT CENTER (NSIIC)
The Mission of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC) is to improve the infrastructure of the U.S. sheep industry by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.
The primary objective of the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program is to fund a number of projects determined by industry leaders to be priorities for benefiting the sheep industry. That list is :
- Strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through the improvement of infrastructure, business, resource development and the development of innovative approaches to solve long term problems.
- Provide leadership training and education to industry stakeholders.
- Enhance sheep and sheep products in the United States through assistance to all segments of the industry to address sustainable production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.
- Promote marketing of sheep and sheep products through an organized method that can measure tangible results.
- Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and by seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the industry community.
Additional information is available on the NSIIC website at www.nsiic.org
NATIONAL LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION (NLPA)
It is the mission of the National Livestock Producers Association’s (NLPA) Sheep & Goat Fund to encourage innovation and efficiency in the sheep and goat industries by providing credit to eligible and qualified entities.
The purpose of the fund has been to assist in financing projects beyond the farm gate; however, as of June 2013 the fund has the ability to make term loans to sheep producers for the purpose of flock expansion.
The NLPA Sheep and Goat Fund is a revolving fund established within NLPA to assist the U.S. sheep and goat industries by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and goats and their products in the United States.
Additional information is available on the NLPA website at
AMERICAN LAMB BOARD
The American Lamb Board (ALB) supports lamb promotion ideas targeting non industry audiences (consumers, chefs, media, retailers etc.). These funds are intended to help support local or regional lamb promotions designed to build demand for American Lamb. Lamb industry functions and events are not eligible for funding.
This is a competitive funding process and the American Lamb Board will give priority to projects that demonstrate innovative promotion ideas and a commitment to share the cost of executing the promotion. These funds are intended to offset the total cost of the promotion rather subsidizing the entire cost.
The types of programs that would be eligible are:
· Lamb sampling at consumer food events
· Cooking and/or butchery demonstrations
· Retail promotions such as in store sampling
· Farm or ranch tours for consumers, media, chefs etc.
· Local restaurant promotions
· Farmers market demonstrations or sampling
· Educational seminars at local culinary schools or consumer cooking schools
· Local Lamb-Jam style Cook-off competitions
Additional information is available on the ALB website at www.lambcheckoff.com
USDA FARM SERVICE AGENCY MICRO-LOAN PROGRAM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans.
Microloans can be used for all approved operating expenses as authorized by the FSA Operating Loan Program, including but not limited to:
· Initial start-up expenses;
· Annual expenses such as seed, fertilizer, utilities, land rents;
· Marketing and distribution expenses;
· Family living expenses;
· Purchase of livestock, equipment, and other materials essential to farm operations;
· Minor farm improvements such as wells and coolers.
· Hoop houses to extend the growing season;
· Essential tools;
· Delivery vehicles.
Additional information is available on the USDA website at www.fsa.usda.gov