Simpson moves to stop sheep station closure


Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson today announced that he and Oregon Congressman Greg Walden along with other western members of Congress have asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture to stop the closure of the U.S. Sheep Experimental Station in Dubois.

The Post Register reported Thursday that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack recently informed Congress he was closing the Agricultural Research Service’s U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois. The station’s 21 full-time employees hold about 5 percent of the 423 full-time jobs in Clark County.

In a joint letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Simpson and Walden state the sheep center conducts critical research on the interaction between domestic and bighorn sheep, and that “it would be difficult, if not impossible, for this research to continue if the Dubois center was closed.”

Read more on this article in Saturday’s Post Register.