Federal Register Notice on Listening Sessions - May 1, 2009
This is a notice to inform the public of seven upcoming
meetings to discuss stakeholder concerns related to the implementation
of the National Animal Identification System. The meetings are being
organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Benefit Cost-Analysis of the National Animal Identification System - April 29, 2009 (PDF; 2.24MB)
Kansas State University led a team of researchers to examine the economic benefits and costs of NAIS. Their findings can be found in this 400-plus page report.
Overview of the Benefit-Cost Analysis of the National Animal Identification System - April 29, 2009 (PDF; 168KB)
This condensed summary of the Kansas State University Benefit-Cost Analysis was prepared by USDA APHIS. It provides the most important data in a reader-friendly format.
Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19 - Dec 22, 2008 (PDF)
Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19 - Sep 22, 2008 - CANCELED (PDF)
The 2007 U.S. Animal Health Report is now available.
Liberty Ark's Letter to members of
the Subcommittee on:
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug
Administration, and Related Agencies in requesting that Congress stop
funding the USDA's National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) (Chairman)
Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) (Ranking Member)
Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) (Chair)
Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) (Ranking Member)
February 1 call for Comments on three NAIS documents
Legislation proposed in the 109th Congress:
- S-3862 and HR-6042 - To Prohibit a Mandatory
Animal Identification Program. (Senator Jim Talent R-MO and
Representative Jo Ann Emerson R-MO)
- HR 3170 - To establish a Livestock Identification Board to create and implement a mandatory national livestock identification system.
- HR 1254 and HR1256, companion bills. HR 1254
establishes an "electronic nationwide livestock identification
system...." HR 1256 makes information in the resulting database
confidential - not available though Freedom of Information requests.
Currently in committee.
- Not Yet Introduced/Numbered: Farm Appropriations Bill - to
be voted on in the fall of 2006.
The NAIS Plan:
- available at www.usda.gov/nais
- USDA Traceability Business Plan, issued
September, 2008 (pdf)
- NAIS User Guide, issued
November, 2006 (pdf)
- A Guide for
Small-Scale or Non-Commercial Producers, issued June 2, 2006 (pdf)
of Tele-News Conference with Agriculture Secretary
Mike Johanns And Dr. John Clifford, USDA's Chief Veterinarian
Regarding the National Animal Identification System Washington, D.C. -
April 6, 2006
- Strategies for
the Implementation of NAIS, issued April, 2006 (pdf)
Supplement, issued July 26, 2005 (pdf)
- Draft Strategic
Plan, issued April 25, 2005 (pdf)
- Draft Program
Standards, issued April 25, 2005 (pdf)
- Public Law 107-188 The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism
Preparedness and Response Act of 2002,
- Sec. 331 authorized the Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service to "implement a central automated recordkeeping system to
provide for the reliable tracking of the status of animal and plant
shipments, including those shipments on hold at ports of entry and
customs." It also gave APHIS $30,000,000 to get going on the project.
- FDA section, Section 305. This Section provides that
facilities holding food, both human and animal, are to be registered
with the government. A "facility" is a "factory, warehouse, or
establishment...that manufactures, processes, packs or holds food."
The statute continues "Such term does not include farms;...." FDA
regulations may be the basis used for collecting identifying
information when purchasing feed.
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