Lamb and wool producers from across the country gathered in New Orleans for the American Sheep Industry Association’s 154th Annual Convention. Like many other livestock organizations, one of the hot topics among producers at the American Sheep Industry Convention was cell cultured protein products, often referred to as “fake meat.” Other policy priorities for the association include wildlife services funding, keeping the U.S Sheep Experiment Station open in Idaho and electronic logging device regulations for livestock haulers. Also unveiled at convention was a new Army uniform, which will have a large impact on the wool industry. “It is going to be a complete uniform, from the pants to the hat, that will be rolled out in increments,”says ASI Past President Burton Pfliger, who ranches at Bismarck. “There is also a new lamb processing plant currently under construction in Colorado, which should be operational by this fall. It will bring competition to an already consolidated lamb meat harvesting industry.” During convention, ASI also honored past chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway with the organizations Joe Skeen award.