WASHINGTON – The National Sheep Industry Improvement Center received a grant of $1.5 million to assist the sheep industry through the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program, the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service announced.

The program is designed to improve infrastructure, business and resource development in the US sheep industry and to provide support for innovations that address long-term industry needs. By investing in areas of support for the sheep industry, the Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program strengthens and enhances the production and marketing of US sheep and sheep products.

“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,” said Ed Avalos, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. "The Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program will create new opportunities for growth and innovation within the sheep industry."