Speakers Scheduled for ASI Annual Convention
December 1, 2017

The American Sheep Industry has confirmed two speakers for the 2018 Annual Convention in San Antonio: From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill.

Rick Berman of the Center for Consumer Freedom has agreed to serve as the keynote speaker at the opening session. Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1, Berman will address consumer freedom issues. His organization is devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices, such as the right of adults (and parents) to choose how they (and their children) live their lives, what they eat and drink, etc.

In addition to his role as executive director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, Berman owns and operates his own communications firm.

Jerrod Samber of Zoetis Animal Health will address the crowd at the Saturday, Feb. 3, luncheon. The Colorado State University graduate has performed research for both the lamb and beef industries. He currently serves as a livestock specialist for Zoetis, and his role allows him to work closely with Colorado's lamb feeders and their animal health needs.

Samber was raised on a Colorado farm, where his family continues to farm and raise sheep and cattle. While attending CSU, he lived at the university's sheep facility.

ASI councils have a great lineup of presenters from wool experts to leading researchers on health and production. Lamb insurance to economists to resource management are topics that will be addressed by multiple speakers. From the Hill Country to Capitol Hill will focus on crafting the sheep industry's message to legislators and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. As such, ASI has extended invitations to congressional delegations, as well as leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. More information on guest speakers in San Antonio will be available at a later date.