USDA to hold listening sessions on national animal ID system
Start packing, Walter: We knew
swine flu novel H1N1 virus was going to move animal-tracking to the front burner. AgSec Tom Vilsack today announced that the USDA will hold a series of "listening sessions" on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) next month in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state. Those who can't attend can submit comments online. The USDA "seeks to gather not only producer comments and concerns, but also potential or feasible solutions to create a program producers can feel comfortable supporting.…Discussion sessions related to NAIS' cost, impact on small farmers, privacy and confidentiality, liability premises registration, animal identification and animal tracing will allow producers to provide their input on ways to make the program into something they all can support." OK small farmers, time to saddle up and make NAIS nicer. (USDA.gov Release No. 0143.09)
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