General Virtual Meeting and Board Elections Jan 2, 2021

General Meeting Reminder – this Saturday, 02 Jan 21 @ 1 PM
From: Kevin Melvin
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 2021 00:17:39 PST

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder of our upcoming general meeting this Saturday, 02 Jan 2021 @ 1 PM. The meeting will be virtual via Webex (see link below). If you have not joined a Webex video call before, I recommend you join the meeting a few minutes early in case your system needs to run the webex software. For the best audio experience, I also recommend using headphones. You can use either your computer for audio over the internet or dial in from your phone. Additionally, when not speaking please keep your lines muted to prevent background noise.

2020 was a year that we will not soon forget and I for one am happy to have it officially in the books. Unfortunately, it put a wrench in a number of our plans including having to cancel our onsite festival and postpone meetings. As a result, we will have a jam packed agenda for this Saturday with a business meeting, elections, an educational session on lambing and some fabulous door prizes that will be for our virtual attendees. Given the delays due to COVID and the need to elect new officers in order to meet the ASI directory cut off in January and to drive some time sensitive agenda items forward, we will be holding elections on the day. They will be processed thru email via the election buddy software we have used in years past. You do not need to to attend the meeting to vote for the elections as it will be conducted via email to current members at the email address that we have on file. The difference this year is that voting will not be extended for a prolonged period of time so that the slate of officers will be identified before adjourning the meeting.

Nominations are still open and individuals can be nominated by either sending them to or in person during the meeting. We will also capture “seconds” for any nominations received via email during the meeting.

Draft Agenda
Call to Order
Secretary report
Treasurer report
Fleece Committee report
Festival Committee report
Ambassador program update
Old Business:
ASI updates
-Guard Dog Program
New Business:
State Blanket Program
New Committees
State Ag Convention
Book keeping software
Election results
Virtual Door prizes
Educational Topic: Preparing for Lambing presented by Dr. Jon Higgins of Acorn Farm Veterinary Services.
Look forward to seeing you all virtually on Saturday. Webex information is below but also on the website and in my previous email. Hope you will be able to join us.
Kevin M.
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Optimizing Winter Shelter for Small Ruminants PSU Extension Webinar Nov. 19, 2020

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The Optimizing Winter Shelter for Small Ruminants webinar will discuss sheep and goat housing basic needs with a focus on winter management and how to best optimize current set ups.

  • When

  • Thu., Nov. 19, 2020
    (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET)
  • Webinar Access

  • The link to access the webinar is provided immediately upon completion of registration in your registration confirmation email.

Details and Registration:

This event is being offered at no charge to participants.

Registration is required to receive the link to access the webinar.
Registrants will also receive access to the webinar recording.

Open House at Duck Flats Farm Fiber Studio Dec 11 – 12, 2020


Location: 144 Old Clinton Road (Raritan Township)

Flemington, New Jersey 08822

Friday, December 11th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


  • Beautiful yarns and roving from our sheep and fiber animals
  • One-of-a-kind handmade gifts
  • Knitting needles, crochet hooks and supplies
  • Books and patterns for knitters, crocheters and spinners
  • Come bring a project…..sit, relax and chat about needlework or spinning
  • Come be creative and get inspired!

Call or text (908) 303-5893 or e-mail for directions or questions

FREE PSU Scrapie Regulations Update Webinar Nov. 17th

Pennsylvania State and Federal Sheep and Goat Scrapie Regulations and Updates

“Tag ’em to move ’em”! The Pennsylvania State and Federal Sheep and Goat Scrapie Regulations and Updates webinar will cover the updated requirements for scrapie identification to move sheep and goats in Pennsylvania. Learn more about these changes as well as identification regulations to move sheep and goats within and outside Pennsylvania.

We hope you can join us!
Tue., Nov. 17, 2020
(7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET)
Learn More: Register Now and For More Details
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020

American Sheep Industry (ASI) Sponsored Webinar on Wool for Specialty Markets

American Sheep Industry (ASI) Sponsored Webinar on Wool for Specialty Markets
A two-part webinar presented by the American Sheep Industry Association will discuss Wool for Specialty Markets on Oct. 28 and 29, beginning at 6 p.m. mountain time each day. The webinar will be available through Zoom.
Part one of the webinar will focus on producing the best wool for handspinners and fiber enthusiasts. Part two will help producers prepare their wool, learn the ins and outs of working with a small mill, and discover what products they might sell, as well as where to sell their premium wool.
Wool for Specialty Markets Webinar Registration is available now and limited to 100 participants. Recordings will be available at after the webinar is completed.

Conservation and Comeback of Heritage Breed Sheep – ASI Webinar

Tue, Sep 8, 2020 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM EDT

Presenter: Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager The Livestock Conservancy

Producer Panelists: Leslie Johnson, Brian Larson, and Oogie McGuire.

Host: Dr. Jay Parsons, Department of Agricultural Economics University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Time: 8:00 PM Eastern; 7:00 PM Central; 6:00 PM Mountain; 5:00 PM Pacific


In this webinar we will explore the amazing diversity of heritage sheep breeds found in America and how many are making a remarkable comeback as interest grows in small scale shepherding and in natural fiber arts. We will learn about the decades long effort to bring rare sheep back from the brink of extinction and current efforts to develop new markets for their products. Join us in this discussion about the conservation work and then listen to experiences of several rare breed sheep farmers as they recount the journey they have undertaken with their amazing sheep breeds.

This webinar is made possible with funding support from the Let’s Grow Committee of the American Sheep Industry Association.

Registration =

PA Sheep and Wool Growers Regional Workshops Feb and March 2020

Details in pdf:  2020 Sheep Regional Training Workshops

Shepherd Workshops Sponsored by:   PA Sheep & Wool Growers Association, PennState Extension, American Sheep Industry and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

February 24th and 25th “Are My Sheep Making Me Money?” Join Dr. Richard Ehrhardt, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist at Michigan State University as he shares the MSU Lamb Profit Calculator and gain a better understanding of sheep production profitability. You’ll learn to take a critical look at your operation while evaluating the profit of marketing a lamb and how it relates back to the overall profit per ewe in your flock.

Dr. Ehrhardt will also discuss “Basic Principles to Improve Production Efficiency on Your Farm.” Learn how management decisions can alter your bottom line. Discussing methods to lower feed costs, labor investments, and production traits just to name a few.

South Eastern PA Monday, February 24, 2020 Lancaster Farm & Home Center 1381 Arcadia Road Lancaster, PA

North Eastern PA Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Columbia County Extension Office 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 102 Bloomsburg, PA


March 3rd and 4th Join Brady Campbell, Program Coordinator for the Ohio State University Sheep Team as he presents, “Grazing Systems – Finding the Balance Between Nutrition and Parasite Management.” He has experience in sheep production, welfare, and behavior as well as alternative grazing systems and parasitology from the Wooster campus.

South Western PA Tuesday, March 3, 2020 Washington County Extension Office 100 West Beau Street, Suite 601 Washington, PA

North Western PA Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Mercer County Extension Office 463 North Perry Highway Mercer, PA

Election Results for 2020 Trustees Election


Candidate: Trustees  (3 Year Term 2020-2022)
Thomas Chenal: 25 votes (50.0%)
Royal Unziger: 25 votes (50.0%)

Royal Unziger and Thomas Chenal win with 50.0% of the vote each.


Started at: December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm
Finished at: January 16, 2020 at 11:45pm
Time zone: Eastern Time (US & Canada)

18 of 46 ballots cast.

28.0 of 71.0 votes cast.

Weighted Ballots Used (Family Members 2 votes each, Personal Members 1 vote each)

Votes tallied: 50.0
Abstentions: 2

AgrAbility National Training Workshop Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for considering the AgrAbility National Training Workshop as a location to highlight your products and services. The NTW is the foremost educational event addressing issues related to disability in agriculture.  Last year’s conference was attended by approx. 230 people representing 38 states and five countries!  Participants include AgrAbility project team members; professional partners; and farmers.

The 2019 AgrAbility National Training Workshop is scheduled for March 23rd – 26th, 2020 at the Madison Concourse Hotel in Madison, WI.

We welcome you to join us as an Exhibitor, Sponsor, or both!

$700 ($600 for non-profit exhibitor) includes the following:

  • One 6’ table and electrical connection if necessary
  • Registration for one representative
  • Attendance at Conference Sessions of Interest
  • Access to Session Handouts and Conference Attendee Listing
  • A block of time during AT Show & Tell Session
  • Name listed in program and on a slide in the ballroom
  • Conference Meals including: Monday evening reception, Tuesday lunch, breaks and banquet dinner; Wednesday lunch and breaks


National Training Workshop Exhibitor Agreement

Madison Concourse Hotel | 1 West Dayton St. | Madison, WI 53703

March 23-26, 2020

Company Name:_______________________________________________________________________

Representative Name as it should appear on Name Badge:_____________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________________

City: _________________________________________________________________________________

State/Province: _________________________________ Zip Code: ______________________________

Phone: ________________________________________ Fax: __________________________________

Email: ________________________________________ Website: _______________________________

  • q Commercial Exhibitor Fee $700
  • q Non-Profit Exhibitor Fee $600
  • q Paying by check
  • q Paying by credit card- link will be sent

Please complete the information above, and mail form Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

If you are paying by check, please include the check for the total amount due.

Send to:

4119 Lakeville Road | Geneseo, NY 14454 | Attention:  Tess McKeel, GFL Workforce Development

If paying by credit card, please still send this form and we will send you a link to registration, once it is open.


Move In / Set Up: Sunday, March 22nd at Noon – Tuesday, March 24th at 8 am  **all exhibits should be fully set prior to 8 am on Tuesday**

Take Down / Move Out: Wednesday, March 25th  from 5-10 pm  **all exhibits must be moved out by 10 pm on Wednesday**


In addition to Exhibitor opportunities, we welcome you to be a Sponsor of the 2020 NTW.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Name Badge Sponsor (1)

$500 plus 250 name badge holders

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a Farmer (unlimited)


  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Sponsor a break or welcome reception (5)


  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Signage on break table
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Sponsor the Keynote Speaker (1)


  • Full page in program
  • Full slide shown in ballroom
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Friends of AgrAbility (unlimited)

Platinum Level:  $4,000

  • Half page ad in program
  • Half a slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 2 conference registrations

Gold Level:  $2000

  • Quarter page ad in program
  • Quarter slide shown in ballroom
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Logo on website
  • 6 ft table in vendor area
  • 1 conference registration


Silver Level:  $1000

  • Name in program and on website
  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Bronze level:  $500

  • Logo on website
  • Name and logo mentioned on Facebook posts
  • Name listed on slide shown in ballroom

Contributor:  $100

  • Name in list on slide in ballroom









Please call or email Tess McKeel – 585-447-9015 – or JoBeth Rath – 585.402.2059 – to customize your sponsorship!  All donations are tax deductible and are administered by the National AgrAbility Project at Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.