National Sheep Industry Improvement Center

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking nominees for two producer positions and one expert in marketing to serve three-year terms on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors.

USDA selects appointees from candidates nominated by Certified Nominating Organizations. A CNO is any certified national organization with a principle interest in the production of sheep in the United States and whose membership consists primarily of active domestic sheep producers. As a nominating organization for NSIIC, the American Sheep Industry Association is looking for volunteers to put forward for consideration for the vacant positions. Applications must be submitted to ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick at by April 24, 2020, for consideration by the ASI Executive Board.

While their terms are expiring, producers Jeremy Geske and Brenda J. Reau are eligible for renomination, as is Steve W. Lewis on the marketing side.

The board of directors comprises seven voting members and two non-voting members. Voting members include four active U.S. sheep producers, two members with expertise in finance and management and one member with expertise in lamb or wool product marketing. Non-voting members include USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics.

The Sheep Industry Improvement Center was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill and administers a grant program designed to improve the infrastructure of the U.S. sheep industry by strengthening and enhancing the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products.

CLICK HERE for the NSIIC Board of Directors Application.