The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center
Board of Directors is accepting grant proposals for
projects designed to improve the U.S. sheep industry.
Applications will be accepted for the Sheep Production
and Marketing Grant Program through September 15, 2017.
The Center is provided funding for this program by
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) through the
2014 Farm Bill.
This year, approximately $300,000 is available for the
program. The average grant amount is typically around
$27,000. Grant funding can be used on activities
designed to strengthen and enhance the production and
marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United
States. This includes infrastructure development,
business development, production, resource development,
and market and environmental research.
Grant funding awarded by the Center must accomplish one
or more of the following objectives:
Strengthen and improve long-term sustainability of
the lamb and wool industry's infrastructure by
Provide integration of performance/production data
from sources that can help enhance the sheep
industry within the United States.
Provide leadership training and education to sheep
industry producers and packers.
Enhance sheep production by improving infrastructure
of the U.S. sheep industry through assistance to all
segments of the industry to address sustainable
production and marketing of sheep milk, meat, fiber,
and related services such as grazing and ranch
Promote lamb marketing through an organized method
that can measure tangible results.
Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating
information exchange and seeking mutual
understanding and marketing within the industry
The Board will review each proposal and submit final
recommendations to AMS for approval. More information
on the nine-member Board is on the National
Sheep Industry Improvement Center page
of the AMS
on the Center’s Web site at www.nsiic.org.
Or contact Steve Lee, Program Manager; National Sheep
Industry Improvement Center; Post Office Box 646;
Rockland, ME 04841; Telephone: (207) 236-6567; via email
at firstname.lastname@example.org .