Throughout the past year, during my travels across the country, I have been impressed with the ideas of our membership to advance the industry. YOU, our members, are the ones who are going to have the most impact on the future of the Alpaca Industry. In order to advance the industry, AOA NEEDS YOUR HELP!.

There are currently a few committees in need of your help. YOU stepping forward can have a tremendous impact to help grow the industry. Below are descriptions of the committees. PLEASE sign up to help grow the industry with our committees.

Government and Industry Relations Committee (GIRCom)

GIRCom would like to add members to its committee. Ideal candidates would have writing skills and experience with legislative and regulatory activities.

GIRCom currently is finishing up an Estate Planning document for AOA members and actively monitoring livestock health and regulation issues. GIRCom maintains an industry presence in the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA).

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is recruiting additional members that have an interest in growing the AOA membership.

The Membership Committee reviews current membership levels to determine if they contain the appropriate services, develops ideas for adding value to paid memberships along with an education strategy to show the value of an AOA membership, and researches potential new paid membership levels. Currently, the committee is researching the possibility of creating a youth and a fiber membership category.

Ad Hoc Youth Committee

The Youth Committee is recruiting additional members with personal experience working with kids and their livestock. Writing skills would be helpful.

This ad hoc committee is responsible for investigating ways to increase youth participation in AOA activities. It works collaboratively with the AOA Board and other committees along with the AOA affiliates. Currently, the committee is working on updating the Youth Handbook.

Complete the online Committee Disclosure Form if you are interesting in joining one of these committees.

Thank you for everything you do each and every day on your farm to advance the Alpaca Industry!