USDA Announces ALB Appointments

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on Thursday the appointment of four members to the American Lamb Board.

Newly appointed to serve three-year terms were: Tom Colyer of Massachusetts, Gwendolyn Kitzan of South Dakota, Rob Rule of Iowa and Bradley Anderson of Colorado.

"The American Lamb Board works to help increase domestic and international demand for American lamb and improve the industry's sustainability," said Perdue. "I appreciate the expertise and time of these individuals who have agreed to guide the board and help their industry thrive."

The American Sheep Industry Association nominated both sheep producers and is pleased with the secretary's appointment as directors. ASI secured establishment of the promotion order as part of the Lamb Industry Adjustment plan of 1999.

The 13-member American Lamb Board is composed of six producers, three feeders, three first handlers and one seedstock producer. Two producers appointed to the board must own 100 or less head of lambs annually, one producer must own 101 to 500 head of lambs annually and three producers must own more than 500 head of lambs annually. At least one feeder must feed less than 5,000 head of lambs annually and at least one must feed more than 5,000 head of lambs annually.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight - paid for by industry assessments - which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

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Source: USDA