FARGO, N.D. • Two regional universities and two agriculture associations are teaming for a virtual convention to be held early in December.

The North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association and Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association are teaming with extension offices of North Dakota State University Minnesota Extension to host a joint convention on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The online webinar will begin at 9:30 a.m. CT, according to a news release by NDSU, with educational sheep, lamb and wool industry updates. Speakers will include representatives of the American Lamb Board, American Sheep Industry Association, North Dakota Livestock Alliance, Dakota Fiber Mill and Superior Farms.

“Through a challenging 2020, we strive to provide timely and impactful information for our North Dakota and Minnesota sheep producers,” Travis Hoffman, NDSU/University of Minnesota Extension sheep specialist, said in the prepared statement. “There has been increased interest in sheep production, our markets have rebounded and we have a bright future.”

The two states’ producer associations will meet via Zoom at 11 a.m. CT for their annual business meeting.

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The virtual convention will be free for North Dakota and Minnesota Lamb and Wool producer members, according to Curt Stanley, North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association president. The organizations hope to be able to hold the convention in-person next year.

“Our sheep industry is strengthened with relationships,” said Jeremy Geske, secretary of the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association. “This virtual convention will allow producer education this year, and we look forward to a joint convention in Fargo in early December 2021.”

Registration information for the Dec. 5 webinar is available at www.ndsheep.org and www.mlwp.org. For more information, contact Hoffman at 701-231-2222 or travis.w.hoffman@ndsu.edu.