National Sheep Industry Improvement Center – Nominations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is requesting nominations to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center’s Board of Directors.

The American Sheep Industry Association is certified to nominate individuals to serve on the board and is seeking nominations by May 15 to forward to USDA/AMS.

USDA requires a minimum of two nominees for each impending vacancy. These vacancies are created by members whose terms will expire at the end of the board’s winter meeting in early 2023.

This year, two vacant positions will occur for the 2023 board. There is one vacancy for a sheep producer and one vacancy for a person with expertise in finance and management. Marsha Spykerman is not eligible for renomination as a producer and Francisco Iturriria is not eligible for renomination as an expert in finance and management.

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.

Nominations — including the application and agreement to serve form — must be submitted by May 15 to ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick at