USDA Announces Sheep Center Appointments

Producers Leo Tammi of Virginia and Burton Pfliger of North Dakota have been appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to fill three-year terms on the board of directors for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

"These experienced appointees will be a boon to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center's mission of strengthening the production and marketing of United States sheep and sheep products and ensuring the global competitiveness of America's sheep industry," said Perdue.

The American Sheep Industry Association - as the national trade association of the nation's sheep producers - is the certified nomination body and is pleased the secretary appointed the producers and directors. ASI secured establishment of the sheep center in the 2008 Farm Bill.

The board is composed of seven voting members and two non-voting members. Voting members of the board include four members who are active producers of sheep in the United States, two members who have expertise in finance and management and one member who has expertise in lamb, wool or lamb product marketing. Non-voting members include the USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight of the center.

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Source: USDA