|ASI Elects New Officers
By JUDY MALONE
Director of Industry Information
(March 1, 2009) Glen Fisher of Sonora, Texas, was elected president of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) at the 2009 ASI/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention in San Diego, Calif., on Jan. 24, 2009. In addition, Margaret Soulen Hinson of Weiser, Idaho, was elected vice president and Clint Krebs of Ione, Ore., was elected secretary/treasurer.
Fisher is the major partner and manager of Askew-Fisher Ranch, located on 18,000 acres of land in Sutton County, Texas. He runs approximately 1,800 head of sheep and 400 cows, as well as offers a hunting enterprise on his ranch.
Before being elected to the office of president, Fisher served as vice president and secretary/treasurer of the organization. He has served on the ASI Executive Board and is a past chairman of the American Wool Council. In addition to ASI, he has served as past president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers’ Association, past director of the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and past director of the Texas Polled Hereford Association. Fisher managed the Sonora Wool and Mohair Co. for 16 years and has also been involved in numerous civic and local organizations. Most recently, Fisher served as chair of the ASI Goat Committee.
Commenting on his election to the office, Fisher says, “I am proud to represent the sheep industry in this capacity. It became evident during the convention that the industry has an abundance of new legislative and regulatory policy to implement plus the federal administration and the U.S. Congress have many new members to meet. This will be an exciting year.”
Hinson is a third-generation livestock producer. The Soulen family has a range sheep and cattle operation. Soulen Livestock runs approximately 10,000 head of ewes and 1,000 cows. They have been in business since the early 1920s. The business is headquartered in Weiser and operates in eight Idaho counties. Soulen Livestock’s base property is comprised of approximately 50,000 acres that is used in conjunction with various state, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and private land leases.
Hinson attended the University of Idaho from 1974 to 1979 majoring in special education and elementary education. After graduation, she came back to the family livestock business and has been actively involved in various industry associations.
Hinson is past chairman of the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission. She currently is a member of the University of Idaho’s Citizen’s Advisory Board for the Policy Analysis Group and an advisory board member for the College of Natural Resources. She is on the board of directors for the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho, an advisory board member for the Center for Conservation Incentives and serves on the Third Judicial Magistrate Commission. She chairs the Weiser Memorial Hospital Board and co-chairs the ASI Prescribed Grazing Committee.
“As an officer in ASI, I will continue to work cooperatively with a wide variety of agencies to develop programs that will help to stabilize and grow the sheep industry. Wildlife conflict and management have become very important issues in our industry. Whether it be the conflict between domestic and bighorn sheep or the management of predators, I see these as areas of priority to continue the strong work of ASI,” Hinson says of her election to vice president.
A fourth-generation sheep producer, Krebs, has been running sheep his entire life. He currently runs range ewes as well as operates a lamb feedlot. His only break from sheep was to get his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics from Oregon State University. Before being elected to the office of secretary/treasurer, Krebs represented Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii on the ASI Executive Board. He currently serves as co-chair of the ASI Resource Management Council and is a director for the National Lamb Feeders Association. He has served as past president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association and has served as past chairman of the Oregon Sheep Commission.
“With the changes in Washington, we must keep our voices in front of the people who make decisions,” says Krebs. “These are exciting times, and I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of the leadership team of ASI.”