ASI Accepting Nominations for Sheep Center, ALB
March 30, 2018

The American Sheep Industry Association is accepting nominations for directors to serve both the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the American Lamb Board.

Recognized as a nominating organization by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ASI will accept applications through May 11 for positions with both entities before forwarding qualified applicants by USDA’s May 25 deadline.

There are two vacancies on the NSIIC board – one for a sheep producer and one for an individual with expertise in finance and management. Producer Janet Mawhinney is not eligible for re-nomination as she has served two consecutive three-year terms, and Glenn Fisher is not eligible for re-nomination as he has served two consecutive three-year terms as an expert in finance and management.

The mission of the sheep center is to improve the infrastructure of the U.S. sheep industry by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products. NSIIC makes capital available through industry grants in an effort to increase production and improve production efficiency.

Nomination forms are available at

On the American Lamb Board, there are four openings: a producer with 101 to 500 lambs, a producer with more than 500 lambs, a feeder with 5,000 or more lambs and one first handler. Any U.S. producer, feeder or first handler who owns or purchases lambs may be considered for nomination. Nominees for producer and feeder positions can be from east or west of the Mississippi River.

The 13-member American Lamb Board is industry-funded and government-supervised, and supports the national marketing and promotion of sheep and sheep products.

Nomination forms are available at

Anyone interested in applying for either NSIIC or ALB should first consult with representatives from their state sheep association. Applications should be submitted to ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick at and nominations will be considered by the association’s executive board.