WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana sheep producers have voted in
favor of forming an Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council, which
will begin July 1.
Ballots were mailed to nearly 400 commercial registered
producers, and about 200 ballots were returned and deemed valid by the May 24
Voting results show the majority of sheep producers are in
favor of establishing a council. Purdue University administration also is in
favor of taking the next step.
“Purdue is committed to serving our Indiana agricultural
producers through high impact research and Extension, and sheep and wool
producers are an important part of Indiana agriculture,” said Karen Plaut,
associate dean and director of agricultural research at Purdue.
“The Indiana Sheep and Wool Council will join organizations
like the Indiana Turkey Market Development Council, Mint Market Development
Council and the Indiana Wine Grape Council in helping to better serve our
The council will be composed of nine members who will
oversee the market development program. Goals of the council include promoting
consumer awareness, sales of sheep products, supporting sheep and wool research
and encouraging both consumer and producer education.
The council will be funded by a proposed 0.5 percent
checkoff of the net market price for all sheep and wool produced in
Producers can now submit names for consideration by a
nominating committee, who will present their final nominations to the dean of
the College of Agriculture.
Names should be sent to Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director
of agricultural research at Purdue, at 615 W State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907
The movement to develop the council started last July when a
petition signed by nearly 6 percent of Indiana’s commercial sheep producers was
delivered to Purdue University’s Office of the Dean of Agriculture.
The original petition can be found at