President Trump Restricts Rulemaking

President Trump on Wednesday signed two executive orders to restrict federal agencies from issuing certain new rules without going through the normal regulatory process, saying the changes would rein in “unaccountable bureaucrats” who are imposing their “private agenda” on Americans.

 The orders take aim at agency “guidance documents” Trump said have been abused to implement new policies while skirting public comment and review. While the move is the latest in the administration’s effort to slash regulations that it says stymie economic growth, critics warned the orders would do away with a key agency tool to quickly protect the public from health and safety risks.

Agencies issue guidance documents to clarify regulations and provide more in-depth interpretations of how rules should be implemented. Conservative critics of that process have long argued it instead creates an avenue for “stealth regulations” that impose additional burdens to the constituencies they impact.

One of Trump’s orders will require agencies to publish guidance documents online, with anything unpublished automatically rescinded. Agencies will have to solicit public feedback on guidance and face White House oversight. The second order will require agencies to inform individuals of any regulatory case against them, acknowledge any responses from those individuals and educate businesses about any new regulatory impacts.

“The sheep industry has seen the detrimental effect these sort of unchecked policies can have,” said American Sheep Industry Association Executive Director Peter Orwick. “In 2016, the Bureau of Land Management released BLM Policy 1730 on management of domestic sheep to sustain wild sheep. This policy was put in place without consulting the sheep industry and added restrictive separation guidelines that exceeded the bureau’s statutory authority. We appreciate the administration’s efforts to ensure accountability for agency policy in the future.”

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Source: Government Executive


USDA Announces Lamb Buy Details

On July 25, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of additional actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture would take to support American agricultural producers while continued efforts on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals take place.

As part of those actions, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service announces the food purchase of up to $17 million of American lamb under the authority of Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs.

Products to be procured include but are not limited to boneless lamb leg roasts and boneless lamb shoulder roasts. AMS is seeking industry comment on purchase, and comments should be sent to Steve Whisenant at by the end of business today.

The Chief Economist’s office determined the amount to be spent on American lamb. The $17 million allotted is a larger amount than USDA has spent in previous lamb buys. The American Sheep Industry Association has shared the solicitation with domestic lamb processors and is available to assist, if needed, with the process.

Source: USDA


Erratic Wool Market Swings Positive

The Australian wool market continued to perform erratically this week, this time moving in a positive direction. Many veteran wool traders commented that the current market conditions are unprecedented, with the large market fluctuations making trading a difficult exercise even for the most seasoned of operators.

Highlighting this market volatility has been movement in the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator during the previous 10 weeks. When viewed in both positive and negative directions, the EMI has moved a total of 763 cents in this period.

The national offering reduced to 28,149 bales this week. Compared to the corresponding sale of the previous season, the total number of bales offered has fallen by 85,494 bales – a reduction of 19.1 percent. As sales commenced in the Eastern centers, it was immediately apparent that this week’s market direction would be upward.

Main buyer focus was on wool 18.5 micron and coarser and these wools enjoyed the largest price increases. The individual Micron Price Guides in Sydney and Melbourne for 18.5 micron and coarser rose by 28 to 47 cents on the first selling day. On the back of these rises, the EMI rose by 18 cents to 1,529 Australian cents.

As the news of the rises made its way West, many sellers decided against offering their wool, resulting in 34 percent of the total offering and more than 37 percent of the fleece being withdrawn prior to sale. This significant reduction in the available quantity put extra pressure on what remained, pushing the MPGs in Fremantle up by 39 to 55 cents.

The second selling day the market consolidated, adding small increases to those of the previous day. The MPGs across all three centers rose by 4 to 34 cents. The EMI added another 14 cents, closing the week at 1,543 Australian cents.

Source: AWEX


Shearing Schools Announce 2019-2020 Dates

Several shearing schools have announced dates for the coming season.

In addition to learning to shear in a hands-on manner, the schools offer teaching on equipment, animal welfare and staying in shape for the physically demanding task. Equipment is usually supplied, but students are encouraged to bring any equipment they have, as well.

These schools offer training for a wide variety of students – from hobby farmers looking to shear their own flocks to those with aspirations of shearing professionally. For more information, contact organizers of the school directly.

More schools will be added to this list as information becomes available.

Video of the Week

While the name Bollman brings to mind scouring for many in the domestic wool industry, the company is best known to the general public for a long tradition of making quality, American hats.

Bollman brand Bailey Hats shared a video this week entitled, The Wool Felt Hat Journey, which shows the company’s hats from start to finish in a beautiful two-minute presentation.

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