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Changes in the Sheep Industry in the United States: Making the Transition from Tradition
Oral Capps, Jr. is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Capps received a B.S. (1975) in mathematics, an M.S. (1977) in agricultural economics, an M.S. (1979) in statistics, and a Ph.D. (1979) in agricultural economics, all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He served as president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association from 1992 to 1993 and has received many awards for both his research and teaching, including the American Agricultural Economics Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999, the American Council on Consumer Interests’ Applied Consumer Economics Award (co-recipient) in 1999, and the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review Outstanding Journal Article Award (co-recipient) in 2000. Capps’ areas of expertise include the economics of health and nutrition, agribusiness, consumer demand analysis, agricultural marketing, evaluation of commodity checkoff programs, and applied econometrics.
Linda A. Detwiler is assistant director for the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland and is a private animal health consultant. Detwiler received a B.S. (1980) in dairy science from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture and a D.V.M. (1984) from the Ohio State University. She has worked in private food animal practice, but has spent the bulk of her career overseeing public animal health programs for USDA APHIS. She has chaired several advisory groups for international organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organization for Animal Health, as well as national governments. These groups include WHO’s Consultation on Public Health and Animal Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy Diseases (co-chair, 1999) and the Working Group on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in Sheep (2001). Detwiler has experience with sheep diseases with the primary focus on prion diseases such as scrapie and has assisted the sheep industry in its efforts to control scrapie beginning in 1985.
Hudson A. Glimp is Edwin L. Wiegand Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada–Reno (UNR). Glimp received a B.S. (1960) in animal science and an M.S. (1961) in animal nutrition, both from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. (1964) in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. Before moving to UNR, Glimp worked in sheep research for the USDA and private firms. From 1987 to 1990, he was the director of the USDA Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, Idaho. He served as the UNR’s sheep extension specialist for 15 years. Glimp is currently the coordinator of a UNR research station, Rafter 7 Ranch, which specializes in Merino sheep breeding programs and has produced the premier wool of the United States for the past several years.