USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center

March 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominees to fill vacancies for one producer position and one expert in finance and management on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors.

Nominations are due May 25, 2018. USDA selects appointees from candidates nominated by Certified Nominating Organizations (CNO). A CNO is any certified national organization with a primary interest in the production of sheep in the United States and whose membership consists primarily of active domestic sheep producers.

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 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.

For more information, contact Director Kenneth Payne at (202) 720-1118 or Kenneth.Payne@ams.usda.gov ; or send mail to Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program; AMS-USDA – STOP 0249; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, D.C. 20250-0249.

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