ASI Shares Importance of USSES with USDA's Hutchins
February 15, 2019

In response to a listening session this week in Washington, D.C., by newly named Deputy Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics Scott Hutchins, ASI submitted a letter on the importance of the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station. The letter stressed the role of this unique facility to the future success of the sheep industry.

"For over a century, the U.S. sheep industry has relied on the research conducted at USSES. The USSES has a storied history of leading on range use, genetics, new breed development and lambing research," the letter read. "In addition, other USDA/ARS research projects, such as those being carried out at the Animal Disease Research Unit and University systems across the west utilize the range conditions unique to USSES to conduct their research on grazing management and domestic wildlife interactions."

Specifically, research on wildfire, climate and future challenges were cited as tremendously important to the policy discussions.

"Having over 100 years of grazing studies and an unparalleled 50 years of historical sage grouse rangeland data, the research carried out at USSES is not only critical to the sheep industry, but all land uses across the west. This mission is further strengthened as USSES efforts are underway to research the effects of fire, climate and grazing management on domestic production, wildlife and overall range health."

ASI looks forward to working with USDA Deputy Under Secretary Hutchins to ensure a viable future for the station and its critical work in range health and genetics.