USDA Seeks Nominees for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 2:30pm
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Release No.: 053-17

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for positions on the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center Board of Directors.

There are three vacant positions for the 2018 board, of which two vacancies are for sheep producers and one vacancy for a person with expertise in marketing.  Any U.S. sheep producer may be nominated for the producer positions and anyone with expertise in finance and management may be nominated for the marketing position.

Nominations are due by May 19, 2017.  All applicable forms must be completed in their entirety and submitted through USDA certified national sheep industry organizations.

The board is composed of 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.  USDA selects appointees from candidates nominated by certified national sheep industry organizations.

The Sheep Center was established as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  The board 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 Barbara Josselyn; Research and Promotion Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, AMS, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Room 2610-S, STOP 0249; Washington, D.C. 20250-0249; or telephone her at (202) 690-2611, or email to

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