The future for the sheep industry, as well as agriculture in general, is dependent upon the next generation of producers.  That is exactly what the Emerging Sheep Entrepreneurs Committee is hoping to accomplish at the 2012 American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The objective of the committee is to put together a program designed to bring relevance to the day-to-day operations of sheep producers between the ages of 25 and 40.  Money matters, lending opportunities, profit potential, direct marketing, farm insurance and food safety are just a few of the topic areas being considered.
To encourage participation at the ASI convention in Scottsdale, young entrepreneurs who will be attending the event for the first time can receive a $200 discount off the registration fee.  The discount will be applied on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to the first 25 registrants.
Current ASI members can also participate in the program by bringing a younger sheep producer with them to the convention.  Members will receive a $50 registration fee discount.
The Emerging Sheep Entrepreneurs Committee will be meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28. Registration forms are available at http://www.sheepusa.org/. Those interested in the discount should contact the ASI office for more information.