ASI Supports Montana Congressional Action for USSES
December 15, 2018

The American Sheep Industry Association joined the Montana Wool Growers Association, the Public Lands Council and the Montana Farm Bureau Federation this week in urging Sen. Steve Daines, Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte to support the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station, despite recent attacks and lawsuits from special interest groups.

"We are particularly concerned about the frivolous litigation that is continually being filed against this important agricultural research facility. We find such litigation practices to be particularly troubling because the federal court system should not be used as a tool to attack Montana's largest economic generator - agriculture. What is more, recent efforts to close down the facility and/or convince Congress to turn the station into a wildlife research facility do not reflect local needs or the importance of keeping agriculture competitive in a global economy," read the letter.

Recognizing the vital role the USSES plays on multiple fronts, the letter offered five recommendations:
  • The Dubois Sheep Station should be fully funded so that the two open research positions can be filled.
  • The mission of the Sheep Station does not need revision, but rather an addition.
  • In the alternative, were the two open research positions to be fully funded by Congress, one of the positions could be tasked with engaging in bighorn health research.
  • The USSES is Exhibit A as to why there must be immediate reform of the equal access to justice act.
  • Congress should condition any increased hunting access on ARS lands on exempting those same lands from NEPA review.