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SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES AMERICAN LAMB BOARD APPOINTMENTS
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced four appointments to the 2010 Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Board (Board). Each appointee will serve 3-year terms beginning immediately.
"These appointees represent a cross section of the lamb industry and I am confident that the lamb industry will be well served by them," said Vilsack.
In 2009, according to USDA statistics, there were about 82,000 farms with sheep and lambs representing an estimated 5.6 million head of sheep and lambs at the beginning of 2010.
The newly appointed Board members are: Betty H. Sampsel, Stanford, Mont., and Alicia Dredge, Rupert, Idaho, representing producers; Daniel J. Lippert, Blomkest, Minn., representing feeders; and W. Reed Anderson, Brownsville, Ore., representing first handlers.
The 13-member board is composed of six producers, three feeders, one seedstock producer and three first-handlers. The Secretary of Agriculture appoints approximately one-third of all board members each year.
Established under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 and the Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Order, the board is financed by a mandatory assessment of one-half cent per pound on ovine animals of any age, including ewes and rams, sold by producers, seedstock producers, feeders, and exporters. Also, an assessment of thirty cents per head must be paid by first-handlers. Assessments began on July 1, 2002.
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the board.
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