East Oregonian

Oregon sheep growers will celebrate the industry's past and plan for its future during their annual convention next week.

The Oregon Sheep Growers Association will meet Dec. 3-5 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pendleton, Ore.

Friday's highlights include a morning welcome from Pendleton Woolen Mill entrepreneur Charlie Bishop and an evening lifetime award ceremony honoring both Bishop and Phil Cohn, founder of Superior Farms.

Topics and speakers during the three-day event include Greg Ahardt, Superior Farms; Glen Fisher, American Sheep Industry Association president, and Pat Pilz, Life Line Renewable (Wind) Energy.

Ahardt will reveal the new ASI task force to develop a program to increase sheep production in the U.S. Fisher will conduct an open ASI officer meeting Friday afternoon.

"The sheep industry in Oregon started in the Pendleton area, which makes it a great place to hold the 2009 convention, celebrate Oregon turning 150 and Pendleton Woolen Mills turning 100," said Clint Krebs of Ione, OSGA past president and ASI secretary-treasurer. "In fact, since the National Wool Growers met in Heppner in the early 1900s, we thought this would be a good time and place to not only honor our industry survivors, but a perfect time to talk about growing our future."

-- Dean Brickey

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