|Message from our president
It has been an honor and a privilege. These are the words I generally speak as I start and end judging a livestock show. I never take for granted the opportunity to support this great industry. When I took office a few years ago, I had two goals in mind. The first was to put the finishing touches on the Market Development Council and have it enacted before I left office. With the help of several people along the way, we were able to check this off the list. My other goal was to bridge the divide that currently exists in the sheep industry between the commercial producers, show sheep breeders (both market and frame), fiber enthusiasts, and the list goes on and on. I said in my first president’s letter that we need everyone and that has not changed one bit. The agriculture industry faces attacks each and every day. Yes, many of these attacks are from uninformed activists, but their voices seem to resonate loudly throughout this country. The general public is getting further and further away from understanding where their food comes from and it is our job to educate them properly as to why we do what we do. If our industry is not united, then why should anyone believe what we have to say? I am thankful for the many people that have supported me the past few years and look forward to working with the new ISA Board as we continue to strengthen our industry. Thanks again, it has been an honor and a privilege.
Mike Crowder ISA President