Four people have been appointed to serve on the 2017 American Lamb Board. Each appointee will serve 3-year terms.
The newly appointed board members are: James W. Percival, Xenia, Ohio, and Diane Josephy Peavey, Hailey, Idaho, representing producers; Dale Thorne, Hanover, Michigan, representing feeders; and Greg Ahart, Sacramento, California, representing first handlers.
The 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.
Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.