Indiana sheep marketing council accepting funding requests

May 21, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Council, administered by the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue University, is now accepting applications for funding requests for any program promoting the sheep industry.

The council, which was re-started last year, is tasked with supporting educational, promotional and research efforts involving sheep in Indiana. Funds for the council are collected from the sale of all sheep in Indiana - 0.5 percent of the net market price of each sheep sold. All funds collected by stockyards, sale managers, producers or otherwise should be sent to the council’s business office at Purdue University. More information is on the council's website at

Last year, the organization funded a shearing school for producers. Applications requesting funding for sheep-related promotional and educational programs will be accepted throughout the year in advance of the program requesting funds. Applications can be found on the group's website under "Resources."

Consisting of nine members who represent county groupings in Indiana, the council holds elections each year for three districts. This year, districts 3, 6 and 9 are up for election. The districts cover these counties:

* District 3: Miami, Wabash, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Wells and Adams.

* District 6: Blackford, Jay, Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Fayette and Union.

* District 9: Perry, Orange, Lawrence, Washington, Jackson, Harrison, Floyd, Clark, Scott, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Switzerland, Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin, Crawford, Brown, Bartholomew and Decatur.

Those interested in applying should contact Jerry Fankhauser at Any citizen of Indiana, 18 years of age, a sheep producer and living in the district they are running for, may apply.  

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8402,

Source: Jerry Fankhauser, 765-494-8368,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
Agriculture News Page

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