September 23, 2007

ALERT: Michigan Ag Gets Warrant to Test and Tag Greg Niewendorp's Cattle


East Jordan, Michigan
Sept. 23, 2007

On Tuesday, September 18, Sheriff George Lassiter informed Michigan cattle farmer Greg Niewendorp that the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) has secured a warrant to go on Niewendorp's property to TB test his herd and apply NAIS compliant radio frequency identification ear tags to the cattle. Since February, when he submitted a letter to the MDA stating that he would not participate in the MDA's dangerous experimental TB herd testing program, Niewendorp has refused to let MDA on his property. On August 21, state police and an MDA representative came illegally onto Niewendorp's property attempting to coerce him into having his herd tested, and Niewendorp politely escorted them off.

Sheriff Lassiter told Niewendorp and the MDA that, as the server of the warrant, he will give Niewendorp 72-hour notice before serving him the warrant. The 3 day notice will allow time to notify supporters to assemble at Niewendorp's.

It is important that as many people as possible assemble at Niewendorp's farm the day the MDA plans to trespass to test and tag the cattle. Niewendorp's intent is that the cattle NOT be tested or tagged. Niewendorp wants as many people as possible to come. Please be ready to assemble once the 72-hour notice has been given. Niewendorp plans to "open the freezer" and have an all-day cookout for everyone who joins with him in standing up for his God-given divine rights and preventing the barbaric behavior of the MDA.

The MDA will have an undisclosed number of police "to assist." In my conversation with Bridget Patrick, coordinator of the TB herd eradication program, she insisted the police were just coming "to assist." Though she went through a number of verbal gyrations to try and eliminate any concerns I might have, she was quite evasive in answering my pointed questions concerning the nature of that "assistance." The bottom line is, the more people who show up, the better off everyone will be. There IS safety in numbers.

Please bring video recording equipment and cameras.

We will send updates (and directions) with any new information.

Greg Niewendorp is putting everything on the line for the freedom and rights of all of us. Let us not fail him.

Greg Niewendorp
Beishag Road
East Jordan, MI 49735

Non-Compliance Relief Fund
Taking a stand of non-compliance puts a tremendous toll on one's resources. The National Organization for Raw Materials (NORM) established the Non-Compliance Relief Fund to provide specific support for those like Greg Niewendorp who take such a courageous position. To support Greg and others like him, please donate here or send a check made out to Non-Compliance Relief Fund to:
Non-Compliance Relief Fund
c/o NORM
680 E 5 Point Highway
Charlotte, MI 48813
Many thanks,
Deborah Stockton, Editor
The Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (VICFA)
Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade
that fosters availability of locally grown or home-produced food products.
VICFA opposes any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

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