The most important one I should think. The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday identifying weaknesses in USDA's plan to implement a national animal identification system. The report identified the following problems that could undermine USDA's ability to use the system to trace an outbreak to its source, as reported in a release from Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, ahead of the official GAO release on its Web site:
GAO Finds Problems in Animal ID ImplementationIt is about time that someone in Congress took a look at what USDA is doing. We can only hope that something good will come of this...like the dismantling of USDA or NAIS at the very least.
From Prairie Farmer
Next is from Dairy Herd Management.
The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday identifying weaknesses in USDA's plan to implement a national animal identification system.
The report identified the following problems that could undermine USDA's ability to use the system to trace an outbreak to its source, as reported in a release from Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, ahead of the official GAO release on its Web site:
IDAIRY receives grant to further premises registration efforts
By Dairy Herd news source (Thursday, August 02, 2007)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will receive a grant of up to $1 million intended to register dairy premises under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NMPF will use the money to work with its IDairy coalition partners to further the registration effort.
Since IDairy was established in 2005, over 30,000 dairy producers have registered their premises under the NAIS, but as many as 35,000 commercial dairy operations are not yet registered. IDairy’s goal is to have 100 percent of the operations registered in order to enable animal health officials to quickly respond to an animal health emergency.
“This agreement is another important step forward as we advance the National Animal Identification System," said Bruce Knight, under secretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs. "It builds on agreements previously announced with the National Pork Board, the National FFA Organization and the U.S. Animal Identification Organization to promote animal health by providing producers with the information they need to take the important step of registering their premises and protecting their animals."
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And finally from Colorado.
All I have to say about that is remember Hitler's Youth Brigade.
Members of County Fair Board Say CSU Plan Is Unfair
The county commissioners don’t like the mandate requiring Colorado’s 4-H and FFA youth to obtain premises identification in order to show their animals at county and state fairs.
During their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 31, Suzie Coleman, Rhoda Reid and Jack Canterbury of the local fair board asked the commissioners to consider signing a resolution opposing mandatory premises ID for 4-H and FFA youth.
In short, premises ID registration lists the name and address of the ranch where the animal is being raised, and the ranch owner.
Beginning in October, cooperative extension officials with Colorado State University will require all Colorado 4-H and FFA youth to have a premises identification.
Premises identification is the first step toward a national animal identification system being considered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for livestock, in order to trace and track the livestock to protect against disease.
So far, premises identification registration is voluntary for state ranchers, however, CSU officials have decided to make it compulsory for 4-H and FFA participants.“If it’s voluntary for ranchers, it should be voluntary for our youth,” said Canterbury.
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