It is hoped the funding, announced by the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service this week, will help create new opportunities for growth and innovation within the sheep industry.
Ed Avalos, under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, USDA, said: "USDA is committed to working with our partners in the sheep industry to support them as they provide quality products to consumers and increase producer returns here at home."
In related news, US agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced five appointments to the 2015 Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Board this week. Each appointee will serve a three-year term.
According to the 2012 USDA census, there were 83,338 lamb farms in the US, producing an estimated 2.97 million head.