The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominations for two producer positions on the American Lamb Board beginning in early 2024. The American Sheep Industry Association is certified to nominate individuals to serve on the board and is seeking nominations by April 24 to forward to USDA/AMS.
The upcoming vacancies for producers include one position for a producer with 100 or less lambs (Region I, producer Sally Scholle is not eligible for reappointment) and one position for a producer with greater than 500 lambs (Region II, producer David McEwen is eligible for reappointment). One producer must be from Region I.
AMS’ policy is that diversity of the boards it oversees should reflect the diversity of their industries in terms of the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies and other distinguishing factors, including but not limited to individuals from historically underserved communities that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Throughout the full nomination process, the industry must conduct extensive outreach, paying particular attention to reaching underserved communities, and consider the diversity of the population served and the knowledge, skills and abilities of the members to serve a diverse population.
USDA/AMS requires two nominations for each open position. Nominations – including the application and agreement to serve forms – must be submitted by April 24 to ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Composed of 13 members representing two geographical regions, the Board administers a research and promotion program authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by its industry.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards that are industry-funded and empower agricultural industries with a framework to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.