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USDA Announces Sheep Center Grant Program

AMS No. 137-10

Michael Jarvis (202) 720-8998

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2010--The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks comments on an interim final rule that establishes a National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (Sheep Center) program, consistent with the Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008.

A Board of Directors, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, will manage the general operations of the Sheep Center. The Sheep Center will award grants to eligible entities to improve the production and marketing of sheep and goat products. The program becomes effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

The purpose of the Sheep Center is strengthen and enhance production and marketing of sheep or goat products in the United States, through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research.

Board members will include four active producers of sheep or goats in the United States, two finance and management experts, one experienced in lamb, wool, goat or goat product marketing, the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Rural Development and the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics of USDA.

Nominations for Board members may be submitted by any eligible national organization whose membership consists primarily of active sheep or goat producers in the United States, and the primary interest of the organization is the production of sheep or goats in the United States. USDA will publically announce when it will accept nominations from eligible national organizations.




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