DENVER, Colo. — The American Sheep Industry Association Board of Directors unanimously approved the association’s fiscal year 2021-22 budget. Five ballots on budgets and dues categories – as recommended by the ASI Executive Board – were addressed in online voting this month.
Membership dues collected from each of the association’s 45 state affiliates go directly toward lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. Fundraising by the association – including the annual convention, advertising in association publications, etc. – makes up the remainder of the Fund II budget.
The Wool Trust provides funds for ASI’s marketing of American wool. Programs ranging from education on wool handling to marketing American wool overseas and use of wool in products for the United States military are included in this budget. State associations benefit from the Wool Trust through the Wool Outreach program, which provides funds for local wool projects.
“With unanimous approval of the budgets and dues rates, ASI is positioned to provide more than $4 million in programs and benefits to the American sheep industry,” said ASI President Susan Shultz of Ohio.
New program expenditures include updating the Sheep Safety and Quality Assurance program as part of the American Wool Assurance program, implementation of the next levels of AWA, an updated Targeted Grazing program and a new shearing program. Details on each of these projects will be announced as they reach implementation and completion.
Membership dues for state associations, associate members and individual members all remained the same as the previous year.
–American Sheep Industry Association
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