The 2017 Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Board primarily functions for the purpose of promotion, education, research, marketing and producer services funding for the Ohio sheep industry. The 2017 OSWP Board chair is Gary Wilson, of Hancock County and vice-chair is Don Hawk, of Knox County.
In 2009, the OSWP Board initiated a process called Request for Proposals, or RFPs. This RFP process has helped the OSWP Board focus its funding requests on promotion, education, and research and marketing programs on a written request basis. For the 2016-17 fiscal year, funding support requests for the OSWP Board totaled $33,500.00, but due to limited check-off program dollars and quality program requests, only $27,250.00 of those requests were funded by the OSWP Board.
The following programs have been or will be successfully funded and are being planned and implemented during the current fiscal year, which operates Nov. 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2017:
2016 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium – Dec. 11-12, 2016 –The focus of the 2016 program was “Profitability, Productivity, Nutrition, and Sheep Farm Succession Planning Principles”. The funding of OSWP assisted in bringing in popular keynote speakers as well as several other tremendous speakers and funding other educational portions of the program.