Groups wants OMB to reject animal ID rule

A coalition of livestock and related groups is urging the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to reject the USDA animal identification rule. They have met with OMB officials and have written a letter outlining their concerns. R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard tells Brownfield their main concern is that the USDA grossly underestimated… Read more »

Group urges comment on animal ID by Friday

A family farming group is urging producers to comment on the USDA’s proposal on mandatory animal identification this week. Friday, December 9th, is the deadline. Rhonda Perry, with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, says there are some positive changes from the former National Animal Identification System (N-A-I-S) proposal that so many farmers and ranchers were… Read more »

NPPC urges restoration of animal ID funding

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is urging Congress to restore funding for a national animal ID system. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved a fiscal 2011 ag funding bill that stripped out money for the USDA’s voluntary National Animal Identification System (NAIS). And the House Appropriations agriculture subcommittee has also “zeroed out” funding… Read more »

Johanns criticizes new animal traceability plan

Some sharp criticism of USDA’s animal disease traceability plan coming from Nebraska U.S. Senator and former ag secretary Mike Johanns.   “The so-called new animal ID is simply a mandatory system, from what I can tell,” Johanns says, “although it’s being promoted as a voluntary one.” The USDA has announced that it is scrapping the… Read more »

Pork delegates support animal disease traceability

At the recent National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, pork producers expressed concern about USDA’s decision to abandon efforts to establish a National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The USDA announced in February that NAIS would be replaced by a new animal disease traceability network in which all states and tribes would develop their own… Read more »

Pork producers concerned with traceability

At the recent Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, pork producers expressed concern about USDA’s decision to abandon efforts to establish a National Animal Identification System (NAIS).  The USDA announced in February that NAIS would be replaced by a new animal disease traceability network in which all states and tribes would develop their own traceability… Read more »

Illinois FB delegate session underway

Delegates to the Illinois Farm Bureau annual meeting in Chicago are in session going over policy recommendations that will guide the organization in the coming year. IFB Vice President Rich Guebert of Randolph County chairs the resolutions committee and says one of the issues expected to generate significant discussion deals with conceal and carry. Guebert… Read more »

Lawsuit to stop NAIS dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit to halt the national animal ID program. In her decision, U.S. district judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C. wrote that the National Animal Identification System is neither a federal law nor a federal regulation. She also points out that it is adopted by state agriculture departments on a voluntary basis.

Confidentiality is major NAIS concern

The 14th and final National Animal Identification System (NAIS) listening session was held just outside of Omaha Tuesday.  As with previous sessions, there was very little support for a mandatory program. One of the major objections to NAIS is confidentiality.   Ken Pruismann of Rock Valley, Iowa, president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, says it’s a… Read more »

Omaha gets animal ID listening session

Omaha has been added as a site for a national animal ID listening session. The Nebraska session will be held at the LaVista Embassy Suites, just outside of Omaha, starting at 9 a.m. on June 30th. It is the 14th-and as of this week-the final session of its kind being held across the United States.