10-19-18 USDA Announces American Lamb Board Appointments

USDA Announces American Lamb Board Appointments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of four members to the American Lamb Board (ALB).

Tom Colyer from Hubbardston, Massachusetts, has been reappointed to represent producers with 100 to 500 head of lambs. Gwendolyn Kitzan from Nisland, South Dakota, has been reappointed to represent producers with 500 or more head. Brad Anderson of Greeley, Colorado, has been reappointed to represent first handlers.   These three members will be serving their second three-year term.  Rob Rule of Hawarden Iowa has been appointed to represent feeders and will serve his first three-year term starting at the Annual Meeting in January 2019. 

Gwendolyn Kitzan is a fourth generation South Dakota sheep producer who raises registered ewes along with a small sheep feeding operation with her husband, Dwight, son and daughter-in-law. In addition to serving a second term on the ALB, she currently is on the South Dakota Farm Service Agency Board, and a member of the South Dakota and Wyoming Sheep Growers.

Tom Colyer and his wife, Andrea, raise Merino sheep and sell yarn, sheepskins and lamb from their farm in Massachusetts. Colyer has been the director of the American Sheep Industry Association, representing Massachusetts, for more than 20 years and has served two terms on the executive board of American Sheep Industry Association (ASI).

Brad Anderson who begins his second term on the ALB representing first handlers, is the Vice President of Procurement and Operations for Mountain States Lamb Cooperative, one of the two largest lamb plants in the nation.  Brad has worked for the Coop for 8 years.

Rob Rule a fourth generation sheep producer, runs an operation of feeding and breeding ewes. Rule also farms more than 400 acres. Rule is a member of the National Lamb Feeders Association and on the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Advisory Board.

The Secretary of Agriculture works to ensure that the Board represents the diversity of the American Lamb industry. The 13-member American Lamb Board represents all sectors including six producers, three feeders, three first handlers and one seedstock producer. Two producers appointed to the board must own 100 or less head of lambs annually, one producer must own 101 to 500 head of lambs annually and three producers must own more than 500 head of lambs annually. At least one feeder must feed less than 5,000 head of lambs annually and at least one must feed more than 5,000 head of lambs annually.

Board Members are nominated by certified industry organizations and are appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Any producer, feeder or first handler within the United States who owns or purchases lambs can be considered for nomination.  For more information about how to serve on the American Lamb Board and to obtain a list of nominating organizations contact the American Lamb Board’s office in Denver, CO at 303/759-3001 or megan@americanlamb.com   or visit ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/research-promotion.