Blog posts in Executive Director Update

Let your voice be heard!

Hard to believe it is already time for the 2019 AOA Election. Every year it seems like the time goes by faster and faster between elections.

The 2018 show season begins this weekend and it will be a wonderful spring to see a show while learning about alpacas and alpaca products.

Renewing your Alpaca Owners Association membership is very important for the industry. As a member you can be guaranteed AOA is working for you, promoting the alpaca industry on a national level, providing education to members on a multitude of topics, managing the largest alpaca pedigree registry and continually working to improve and enhance scientific testing for alpacas.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Alaska has banned the use of pack llama's in Alaska's Eastern Interior Resource Management Area.  ILR is asking for your help in contacting (BLM).  Please see the included information from the ILR Board of Directors to help a fellow camelid organization.

Thank you for reading!

Bud Synhorst

There has been much conversation on social media about the ELD Mandate. Our goal is to share information to make our membership aware of the mandate and where they may learn more. From time to time, we will be sharing material from our members on timely issues.

While this article is not intended to cover every aspect of the mandate, we encourage you to research how this may impact your farm. We will continue to put out additional information on the issue as we learn more.

Thank you to our guest blogger, Rick Johnson. Rick and Char Johnson own Happy Tails Alpaca Farm in China Grove, NC.

Reflections on the first year with AOA.

AOA is looking for volunteers to help guide the future of the industry — become involved in one of the following committees: Government and Industry Relations (GIRCom), Membership, and Ad Hoc Youth.

Recognizing members, recalling the past year, and looking ahead to the coming weeks.

Let's start up the conversation again with the AOA Blog.

Darby Vannier (AOA)| February 9, 2016

As some of you have no doubt seen, our theme for the 2016 AOA National Show & Auction is "Reimagine." The idea for this came about as our team was discussing the fact that so many things are dramatically different today when compared with just a few years ago. Clearly, the industry as a whole has changed, but those changes have also meant that AOA has also needed to adapt.