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Make it With Wool Contest
August 5, 2018

            The 2018 Indiana Make It with Wool Contest will be held at the Indiana State Fair on Sunday, August 5, 2018.  The contest, sponsored by the Indiana Sheep Association, will be held in the Indiana Arts Building on the Indiana State Fairgrounds with registration beginning at 9:00 am and judging at 9:30 am.  Entrants will then participate in a fashion show at 2:00 pm on the 5th. Placing & winners will be announced at this time.

            Contestants may compete in one of four age categories:  Preteen – 12 and under, Junior – 13 through 16, Senior – 17 through 24, and Adult – over 24.  Juniors, Seniors, and Adults may enter:  One-piece outfit:  dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat or cape.  Two-piece outfit:  coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.  Ensemble (3 or more garments worn together at one time):  coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest and/or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.  Preteens may enter dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater, blouse/shirt, jacket or a combination of garments.  

            All entries must be made from 100% wool or wool blend (minimum 60% wool or specialty wool fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Wool sample testing is required from juniors, seniors and adults by an out of state lab prior to the contest. The testing and results are handled by the state director Robyn Heine. Please send 3x3 wool swatches and $7.00 fee per swatch to Robyn Heine at PO Box 735, Zionsville, IN 46077 for testing. Specialty wool fibers include mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, llama and vicuna.  To be eligible, a garment must have been completed after January 1, 2018.

            Deadline for entry is July 6, 2018. Entry form is attached or can be found on the Indiana Make It With Wool Facebook page or National Make It With Wool website for this year’s entry form. 

            Please encourage your 4-H Sewing project members to consider this contest.  A 4-H project garment that complies with the wool contest rules also may be entered in the contest.  Arrangements have been made for garments chosen for the 4-H sewing exhibit at the State Fair to be released temporarily for entry in this contest on the 5th. 

            For more information or if you are interested in sponsoring, check out the Indiana Make it With Wool Facebook page, or reach out the state director, Robyn Heine at robynheine@yahoo.com – 317/873-5125. 

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Hoosier Sheep Symposium
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Save the date!
Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Crawfordsville, IN
TRADE TALKS

Dr. Stanley Poe joined American Sheep Industry Association President Mike Corn of New Mexico to meet withU.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney in Washington D.C. to discuss trade issues affecting the American sheep industry.

The key point of the meeting was lamb imports which have consistently affected domestic sales of American lamb. The unregulated flow of cheap, frozen imports is even more of a concern given the lack of export markets for the American sheep industry. Poe and Corn addressed the importance of opening markets such as Japan, Europe and China for American lamb. USDA worked with ASI to reopen Taiwan nearly a year ago, and ASI is encouraged about Japan negotiations.

Secretary McKinney was thanked for the efforts of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, which is a valuable partner in marketing American woofer manufacturing abroad.

Dr. Poe indicated upon hie return, that it was a very worthwhile meeting to strengthen ASI's working relationship with USDA. Further discussions are planned during ASI’s Spring Legislative Trip to Washington March 6th and 7th.

Many thanks to all those who helped make the ISA 2016 Annual Symposium a tremendous success!




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