ALB and NSIIC Nominations Welcome

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations for individuals to serve on the boards of the 2015 American Lamb Board (ALB) and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center (NSIIC). Nominations to both boards are due to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) by May 15.

The ALB has two positions held by sheep producers that are up for appointment -- one for a producer who owns less than 100 head of sheep annually and one for a producer who owns more than 500 head of sheep annually. One of the nominees must be from Region 1 - east of the Mississippi River.

The two producer-director positions for which nominations are needed include those of Joanne Nissen (Calif.) and Leo Tammi (Va.). Nissen represents producers who own less than 100 head annually. She is eligible to be re-nominated to the board. Tammi represents producers in Region 1 with more than 500 head and is not eligible for re-nomination because of term limits.

The NSIIC board will have three vacancies. Members whose appointments will expire are Linda Campbell (Va.) and Rochelle Oxarango (Idaho), both representing producers, and Greg Ahart (Calif.), representing expertise in marketing. Even though all current members are eligible to be re-nominated to their positions, Oxarango and Ahart will not be seeking re-nomination.

ASI is a nominating organization for both boards and will be nominating a slate of farmers and ranchers to the secretary of agriculture for appointments. Those interested in being considered should contact their state sheep producer association, ASI director, regional representative or the ASI office.

ASI is required to nominate at least two producers for each position.

For more information on ALB board nominations or to locate the nomination forms, visit Nomination forms and information for NSIIC can be found at