NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund
Appoints Willis to Committee
Springs, CO (Feb. 1, 2008) – In addition to
lowering the interest rate to 5 percent, the National Livestock
Producers Association’s Sheep & Goat Fund Committee appointed
Clark Willis of Logan, Utah, to its Executive Committee at their
meeting in Las Vegas on Jan. 24, 2008.
Willis has not
only been involved in the sheep and cattle industry, but also has
a background as a rural appraiser, ranch consultant, rural realtor
and livestock nutrition specialist. He has been involved with the
sheep, cattle and farming industry and has been the owner/manager
of the family sheep and cattle operation since he purchased it from
his father in 1983. His operation currently includes range ewes,
feeder lambs and irrigated ground that produces alfalfa, barley,
soft white wheat, oats and raspberries.
Willis has a Bachelor’s
degree in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in Agricultural Industries
from Utah State University. He has a Farm & Ranch Appraisal
License, Real Estate License, and Mortgage Lender License and has
served in many industry positions including the Utah Agricultural
Advisory Board, Utah State Legislature’s Agricultural Sustainability
Task Force, President of the Utah Wool Growers Association and Board/Council
member of the American Sheep Industry Association. Willis is currently
on a number of volunteer committees and is the Executive Director
of the Utah Wool Growers Association.
The Sheep & Goat
Fund was established in 1999 when an agreement was signed between
NLPA and the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, which is
now the American Sheep and Goat Center. The agreement enables funds
to be used in the sheep and goat industries through a revolving
loan program. The NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund is used exclusively
for loans with the following goals:
- To make capital available for enhancing business methods
- To improve marketing efficiency and product quality.
- To promote coordination and cooperation within the industry.
- To create opportunities for adding value to sheep and goat
Currently the Fund has
$9.85 million in loan commitments with 55 loans to 38 entities in
22 states. The Fund Committee continuously reviews applications
that serve the goals of this program. NLPA has the ability
to service and administer this important program and was selected
for their ability to provide:
- expertise with livestock production, processing and marketing-related
- nationwide capability in urban and rural areas; and
- the ability to process and service loans from all segments
of the sheep and goat industries; from production through the packer/processor/retail
According to the terms
of the agreement the Sheep and Goat Fund Committee, which consists
of members of NLPA and representatives of the sheep and goat industries,
is responsible for the oversight of the Fund. The Committee regularly
reviews applications and is only allowed to consider loans up to
$1 million that are submitted by eligible entities (sole proprietors
are not eligible as written into the legislation that established
the Sheep & Goat Fund).
For more information or an application please contact the National
Livestock Producers Association at (800) 237-7193, ext. 10. More information
and the application are also available at www.nlpa.org.
The National Livestock Producers
Association, founded in 1921, is an organization of livestock marketing
cooperatives and credit corporations representing more than 215,000
livestock producers nationwide.