Trade policies passed by ASI/NLFA members

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 14, 2005
by WLJ
There was great enthusiasm for the future of the U.S. sheep industry at the 2005 American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders Association (NLFA) Annual Convention Jan. 26-29 in Reno, NV. Registrations topped those seen in recent years, with attendance surpassing 360.
“The industry definitely demonstrated a unified front with participation from five national sheep associations including ASI, NLFA, the American Lamb Board, the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the Western Range Association,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick. “Additionally, all major players in the domestic wool industry had a strong presence again at this year’’s events, and everyone was pleased to hear U.S. production of lamb and wool would be increasing in 2005.”
Dr. Jim Butler, USDA deputy under secretary, and Dr. Ron DeHaven, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service administrator, addressed attendees on topics ranging from the increase in sheep numbers and ewe-lamb payments to an update on animal health issues and trade policies.
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) representative, Ron Cole, conveyed that AMS began reporting wool on a clean basis by region rather than individual sales on a grease basis. This type of reporting provides the producer more complete information on wool values, encourages more companies to share information and is a more internationally accepted type of reporting.
Major policy additions or amendments addressed by the board included:
<52> opposition to the U.S. reopening the Canadian border to sheep trade until the trade barriers concerning bluetongue and anaplasmosis are eliminated;
<52> industry support of an effort to amend the Minor Use and Minor Species Animal Health Act of 2004 to include language that would provide federal tax incentives for the development and labeling of pharmaceuticals for sheep;
<52> ASI assistance to USDA/APHIS in requiring all states to attain consistent state status for scrapie eradication; and
<52> approval of an across-the-board membership dues increase for fiscal year 2006-2007.
The board of directors also welcomed back into membership sheep producers from Iowa and Delaware.
Executive board named
New officers and executive board members were seated during the annual convention.
The slate of new officers includes Paul Frischknecht, president, Manti, UT; Burdell Johnson, vice president, Tuttle, ND; and Glen Fisher, secretary/treasurer, Sonora, TX.
Newly elected members to the executive board were Brant Miller, Bowdoinham, ME, representing ASI’s Region I; Bill Sparrow, Jr., Durham, NC, representing Region II; Jim Bristol, West Branch, MI, representing Region III; and DA Harral, Fort Stockton, TX, representing Region V.
In addition to the new members, two regions re-confirmed appointments for existing members. Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D., was re-elected to serve as ASI’s Region IV representative and Richard Hamilton as the Region VIII representative.
Members continuing their service on the board include Mark Marley, Roswell, NM, Region VI, and Margaret Soulen-Hinson, Weiser, ID, Region VII.
Dues increase passed
The ASI board of directors passed a membership dues increase that will take effect in fiscal year 2006-2007.
The board agreed that in order for the national trade association to be sufficiently funded to carry on membership, legislative and communications services, planning and preparation needed to be conducted. Approval of the dues rate fully a year and a half in advance of the effective date provides sufficient lead-time for state members to plan for increased fund-raising.
The dues structure to be implemented in fiscal year 2006-2007 provides for a 22-percent overall increase to ASI. The dues will increase by the following amounts: stock sheep from $0.03 per sheep to $0.035; member dues from $6-8 per member; and minimum state dues from $300 to $400. — WLJ