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May 29, 2019: President Benny Cox talks Trade

This week, ASI President Benny Cox joins to discuss the ongoing trade disruption with China and what ASI is doing to ensure sheep and wool producers can weather the challenge of retaliatory tariffs, as well as looking at funding to ensure American producers have access to key technologies.

May 16, 2019: Trade Hits the Forefront, Again

This week, the ASI SheepCast looks at the trade implications for the U.S. wool industry, the extended comment period on the proposed rule to de-list the gray wolf and sets the record straight on the industry’s actions to preserve the range.

April 24, 2019: Final Scrapie Rule

On this week’s ASI SheepCast, we talk with Amy Hendrickson of ASI about the final Scrapie Rule that went into effect this week and the impact it will have on the industry.

April 19, 2019: Secure Supply Plan, Wolf Delisting, and WOTUS

This week on the ASI SheepCast, we review the Secure Sheep and Wool Supply Plan, outline the need for comment on recovery of the gray wolf, and ASI files comments in support of the EPA’s revised WOTUS rule.

March 27, 2019: Benny Cox Reviews Industry Priorities

On this week’s SheepCast, we talk with ASI President Benny Cox following up on the industry’s recent trip to Washington, DC and priorities for the coming year.

February 21, 2019: Sheep Producers Urge New Research

This week, the SheepCast looks at new grazing research being requested and upcoming issues as sheep producers prepare to travel to Washington, DC this spring.

January 30, 2019: ASI Convention is one for the books!

This week, the ASI SheepCast takes an in-depth look at the 2019 ASI annual convention held last week in New Orleans. With strong attendance and a packed schedule of events, sheep producers set the industry’s priorities for the year ahead.

October 18, 2018: Sheep Producers Named for National Boards

This week, the Secretary of Agriculture has announced a number of appointments to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the American Lamb Board.

August 8, 2018: YE Summer Tour Ends with Success

This week, we talked with Cameron Lauwers, Michigan sheep producer and 2018 Young Entrepreneur Summer Tour attendee, about this year’s tour and the overall experience.

August 1, 2018: Fake Meat, Farm Bill and Young Entrepreneurs

This week, the ASI SheepCast looks at a number of topics the industry is tackling including the 2018 Farm Bill, fake meat, and a look at the upcoming ASI Young Entrepreneurs Summer Tour.

July 24, 2018: John Helle Testifies before Congress

This week, the SheepCast catches up with Dillon, Montana sheep producer John Helle following his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment regarding Preserving Opportunities for Grazing on Federal Land.

July 18, 2018: Japan Reopen to American Lamb

ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick and Texas farm broadcaster Tony St. James discuss the reopening of the Japanese market and the impact for American sheep producers.

July 11, 2018: American Lamb Board Promotes American Lamb

At the Colorado Wool Growers Association annual meeting, we caught up with Karissa Maneotis, Industry Services Director for the American Lamb Board. We discuss summer programs, lamb demand, and how ALB gives back to the industry.

June 27, 2018: Summer Wool and Research Tour

This week, ASI catches up with Russell Nemetz on the Summer Wool and Research Tour visiting producers across the west and culminating with the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station.

June 13, 2018: Senate Farm Bill, and Livestock Transportation

This week, ASI looks at the Senate Farm Bill, applauds the House introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act and discusses the upcoming Young Entrepreneur tour being held in August in northern Colorado.

June 6, 2018: Farm Bill, Scrapie Program and Utah Bighorns
This week, the ASI SheepCast looks at the continuing farm bill process, encourages USDA to offer plastic ear tags under the scrapie program and weighs in on the introduction of desert bighorn sheep on behalf of the Utah Wool Growers Association.

May 16, 2018: International Wool Textile Organization and Wool Sustainability
This week, the ASI SheepCast visits with Dr. Paul Swan, IWTO technical advisor on sustainability and the wool life-cycle analysis, about the work being done to demonstrate to consumers wool’s sustainability and biodegradability credentials.

May 2, 2018: Animal Ag Alliance Putting out the Real Story

This week, as the House Ag Committee approved the 2018 Farm Bill, ASI looks at specific provisions that affect America’s sheep producers.This week, the ASI SheepCast visits with Kay Johnson Smith, Executive Director of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. For over 30 years, the Alliance has been on the front lines of ensuring consumers and customers are correctly informed on how food and fiber is produced by America’s sheep and livestock producers.

April 18, 2018: House Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill
This week, as the House Ag Committee approved the 2018 Farm Bill, ASI looks at specific provisions that affect America’s sheep producers.

April 11, 2018: Public Lands Council Tackles Grazing Issues in D.C.
This week, the Public Lands Council is in Washington, D.C. advocating on behalf of sheep and cattle ranches across the west. Complimenting the ASI Spring Trip, PLC members are discussing multiple use on public lands, the need for Environmental Permitting reform and the need to set sound federal policy on feral horses and burros.

March 29, 2018: Funding Priorities
With the passage of the FY18 omnibus funding bill, ASI looks at specific provisions for the sheep industry, and the overall agricultural economy

March 14, 2018: ELD Exemption and Environmental Reporting
With the announcement of an additional delay on the Electronic Logging mandate for livestock haulers, ASI looks at industry efforts to find resolution and the FARM Act on low-level emissions from livestock waste gets a companion in the House.

March 7, 2018: Spring DC Trip
This week, the American Sheep Industry Association was in Washington, D.C. for the annual spring fly in. We talk with ASI President Mike Corn about meeting with the USDA and Department of Interior, agencies that producers work with every day. We also caught up on the policy priorities of the industry.

February 28, 2018: Wildlife Services, Environmental Regs and Lamb Lover's month
This week, ASI and over 200 stakeholders urge appropriations support for USDA Wildlife Services, legislation is introduced to roll back unintended regulatory overreach and ASI members prepare to take to Washington, D.C. to visit with agencies and their Congressional representatives.

February 8, 2018: ASI Closes Out a Successful 2018 Annual Meeting
Wrapping up the 2018 Sheep Industry Convention with major announcements on policy priorities and directives for the upcoming year.

January 24, 2018 - Sage Grouse Comments, ELD and Convention around the corner
This week, ASI joins with PLC to submit comments on Sage Grouse, FMCSA extends the comment period on electronic logging for livestock haulers and the annual ASI convention is on record pace for San Antonio.

December 20, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we look at updates on some key priorities for the sheep industry including the status of electronic logging for livestock haulers, ongoing litigation threatening the industry and the tax reform package.

December 14, 2017

This week, ASI sits down with Indiana Director Dr. Stan Poe, as ASI officers travel to Washington, D.C. to discuss priorities for the Sheep Industry including trade, scrapie and Wildlife Services predator control.

December 6, 2017

This week, the American Sheep Industry visits with Peter Ackroyd, President of the International Wool Textile Organization (IWTO) at the mid-year meeting in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

November 29, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: Electronic Logging Delay and Legal Action
This week, ASI submits comments to postpone enforcement of the Electronic Logging Device rule and pushes back against lawsuits aimed at preventing grazing on Federal lands.

September 20, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: Monument Designations and Export Programs
On this week’s SheepCast, we look at possible boundary changes to monument designations on existing public lands and efforts to strengthen export programs.

August 31, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: WOTUS and Budgets
This week, the American Sheep Industry Association reviews the proposed WOTUS rule and discusses ASI’s fiscal year 2018 budget.

August 23, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: Economic Outlook and Market Transparency
This week, the American Sheep Industry Association discusses the economic impact of the sheep industry to the U.S. economy and the inclusion of data from cooperatives in USDA price reporting.

August 16, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: H2A with Peter Orwick
This week, the American Sheep Industry Association talks with Executive Director Peter Orwick about the H2A program and the industry’s efforts to prepare for immigration reform.

August 3, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: with Association President Mike Corn
This week, the American Sheep Industry Association joins President Mike Corn at the executive board meeting on the Osguthorpe Ranch in Park City, Utah to discuss the association’s priorities and programs for the upcoming budget year.xecutive Director Peter Orwick about the H2A program and the industry’s efforts to prepare for immigration reform.

June 21, 2017 - ASI Sheep Cast: Farm Bill and Predator Control
The American Sheep Industry Association discusses the efforts this week on behalf of the nation’s 88,000 sheep producers. Top of mind is maintaining support for agricultural research in the upcoming farm bill and continued work toward ensuring producers have access to effective predator control through USDA Wildlife Services.