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Appendix A Committee Statement of Task A committee of experts will prepare a report based on a study of the economic development and current status of the U.S. sheep indus- try. The study will examine the structure of the industry, including the nature of the businesses in the industry, the production and marketing systems used in each sector, and the challenges of disease, predation, sheep biology, and genetic resources on production efficiency and competitiveness. The study will examine each product and service sector of the industry in detail, including meat, wool, live animals, pelts, milk, other byproducts, and supporting businesses, and describe the influence of regulation, product pricing, market demand patterns and projections, and international trade issues affecting commercial activities. The study will also explore the role of land stewardship in sheep production. The committeeâs report will sum- marize the findings of the study and identify major accomplishments of the past and challenges to the industry in the future. However, the committee will not make recommendations related to policy issues, such as regulatory matters, industry support, or international trade. 333