A Cattle Ranchers Opposition to NAIS and Why

Thursday, March 6. 2008

Mandatory Is Back

Peterson again backs mandatory national animal ID

mandatory national animal identification system is coming, at least if House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has anything to say about it. In perhaps one of the underreported stories of the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention, House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, in a phone call to NFU members gathered Sunday night in Las Vegas, that Congress is likely to impose a mandatory animal ID program after this year’s elections.

Peterson cited the recent bovine tuberculosis outbreak in Minnesota, and noted a similar recent outbreak in Michigan. Those examples, Peterson said, are why mandatory national animal ID is inevitable.

“We are kidding ourselves if we don’t understand that we need to have a mandatory ID system,” declared Peterson.

I've known all along that Peterson is a big fan of NAIS. I wonder why he says it will be after the election Congress will make it mandatory? I bet because he expects the Democrats to get control of the White House and both Houses of Congress. Keep this in mind when you vote this fall, find out where your Senators and representatives stand on this. Mandatory NAIS as envisioned now with tracking of every individual animals movement, horses, pigs, cows, goats, chickens, will put many producers out of business and greatly increase costs of the food supply. A simple Herd Identification system would be easier and cheaper but the powers that be don't want that. NAIS or bust appears to be the way they see it.

Collin Peterson wants to drive independent cattlemen out of business. I wonder how much the big meat packers have contributed to his campaign?

An eartag never stopped a disease, the politicians just think it does.

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Tuesday, December 4. 2007


I know, it has been a long time since I posted here. I've been monitoring things and maybe I should have commented earlier but I didn't so here goes.

Earlier this year the American Angus Association partnered up with the USDA on premise registration efforts. What I didn't know is that the USDA is paying money to them to do this. No wonder the Angus people went for it. I understand though that it might be backfiring on them a little bit. Members of the Angus association were going to try to bring up the issue at their annual meeting and get it repealed. Whether they were able to or not I haven't been able to find out but it does show that there is opposition to the leaders of the Angus Association on this issue and rightfully so.

What really brought my attention to this was the announcement that the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) was partnering up with the USDA for the same reason. Do you know how much the USDA is giving the NCBA for this "cooperative agreement?" Two million dollars. Yes, 2 million dollars of our taxpayer money so that the NCBA can try to con more people into registering their premise for animal ID.

I think the American Angus Association and the NCBA are both going to pay for this in members. They are going to lose members over this because so many people are opposed to NAIS.

I guess the question becomes, why is the USDA pushing premise registration so? Why are they spending all of this money for registration? If they get enough premise registrations are they going to go back to mandatory NAIS? This is what I am concerned about. We will have to wait and see and I will try to keep an eye on things. This issue hasn't gone away, it just is quiescent right now. What really worries me is what is going to happen with a new administration. That is definitely a wait and see.

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Friday, June 15. 2007


This has to fall into the misleading quote of the year awards.

"The National Animal Identification System is one of the tougher programs to administer, but we are making progress with the voluntary approach," Knight said. "It doesn't cost anything, it's confidential, it's simple to do and, most importantly, it's the right thing to do."

It costs nothing the man says. What, are the ear tags free? I don't think so. Do they apply themselves? I don't think so. Bruce Knight really needs to get his facts straight about the system. It costs a lot in time and labor and is definitely not simple to do. Has this man ever put ear tags in cows before? Does he have any idea the work and time would be required to do this. I have stated from the beginning that to do NAIS I would have to hire another person to work on the ranch just to take care of the system and that would simply break me. I would not be able to operate then. Simple, easy, cost free. what a BUNCH OF BULLSHIT!! Government propaganda to sooth the masses.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, but the government keeps trying to convince us it will.

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Wednesday, June 6. 2007

Brain Washing

Can anyone out there say "brain washing the young?"

National FFA Organization Promotes Value Of Animal Identification

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National FFA Organization today announced a partnership for a broad-based education in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for current FFA members and alumni. The cooperative agreement signed at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C., will help promote the value of premises registration across the country.

Get them while they are young and brainwash them. Our Government at work for you training the next Nazi youth.

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Sunday, May 27. 2007

Australians Ranchers Are A Wee Bit Upset


Australian beef producers have hit out at the imposition of a mandatory livestock identification system, which they say erodes the sector’s competitiveness. The producers are angry that they have a mandatory system when other leading beef producers are introducing voluntary systems.

They seem to be upset that the US has not instituted a mandatory system and that puts them in an uncompetitive position. I have said all along that NAIS will not help the common cattle producer at all and it will only cost us money for no return and Australia producers are showing just this.

The big question is if we can keep it voluntary. The drive for COOL is bringing up the possibility of NAIS being mandatory again. I think that would make the American cattle producers more than a wee bit upset, it would cause a down right revolt. Let's work at making sure NAIS remains voluntary by writing your congressmen. Together we can crush this thing.

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Monday, April 30. 2007


I know I haven't posted anything here in a while but there hasn't been much news. I started this to fight mandatory NAIS and they have changed the program to voluntary so I haven't had much to say. There are some states implementing statewide programs, Michigan and Wisconsin to be exact, and I haven't had much to say about that because that is within a states purview and it's up to the citizens of the state to fight it. I wish them luck in changing it.

I have been hearing some disquieting rumors of late that have me worried. The first is the Democrats in Congress might resurrect NAIS and pair it up with mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). I've been afraid of this when I heard that Congress was going to push COOL. I can't help but wonder why they want to make COOL as difficult as this for US producers. Why do we have to identify our products? Why not identify foreign meat that enters the food chain and leave US producers alone? Why should all the cost be on us and none on the importers of meat? I plan on keeping an eye on the situation and see what develops.

Another rumor I've heard is that Congress is planning on expanding NAIS to take in all food stuffs in the US.

Mary Zanoni, an expert on the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) informs me that there is a new move in Congress for creating a single agency—now divided between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration—for overseeing food safety. What’s especially intriguing is the mechanism being pushed for this new agency to do its work. The Congressional proposals, she says, “contain a provision which, if enacted, would grant authority to the proposed new agency to create not only a mandatory NAIS, but in essence, mandatory tracking for all food products, apparently including produce, grains, virtually any food or food-producing animals. This is NAIS on steroids. In fact, it would subject local, small-scale producers of vegetables and fruits to the same regulatory hell that NAIS would impose on livestock owners.”

I couldn't believe it when I read it. You might remember my NAIS to include all vegetables and now it might be coming true. Unbelievable. I doubt they will use the name I proposed though. Federal Uniform Calories Key Identification Tracking (FUCK IT). They will come up with something a little more acceptable. This is something to really keep an eye on most definitly.

This is all coming about because of the recent pet food scare. We are back to the same thing though. Why should it be necessary to regulate all US producers for food safety when if they just kept a better eye on what's coming in from foreign countries, it would solve most of the problems.

There is a lot of things to keep an eye on with NAIS and ID issues and I continue to do that. Just because I don't have time to post on a regular basis doesn't mean I don't care, it means I am busy while still staying on top of the issue. The old saying goes, "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty" and I am remaining vigilante.

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Tuesday, January 23. 2007

I'm Not The Only One

Stockgrowers urge producers to be wary of animal ID plan

The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association reminds ranchers to carefully consider the U.S. Department of Agriculture's updated animal ID plan, which may be just as unfriendly to independent producers as the previous plan documents.

According to SDSGA Animal ID Committee Chairman Kenny Fox, Belvidere, many producers have recently read or heard USDA's latest public relations message--a guarantee that animal ID will be voluntary at the federal level. "What USDA isn't telling producers is this: the states are being asked to carry out the original wishes of USDA by implementing statewide mandatory animal ID programs." Fox says that USDA sent the "cooperative agreements" to the state animal health departments in late November and asked that they be signed and returned by Dec. 18, 2006.

So, I am not the only one worried about the Federal Governments aim here. They want the states to do the dirty work so they can appear to keep their hands clean. Do they really think that we out here in the country are this stupid?

We need to maintain our vigilance to our state Legislators to make sure they don't slip through a Pro-NAIS bill. Eternal vigilance is the key to our freedom.

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Monday, January 15. 2007

NAIS Feasibility

A little review to start with. What is the purpose of NAIS and how is it going to be accomplished and who is the lead agency in it's implementation?

NAIS is a program by the USDA to allow them to track every animal in the US from birth to death. This is going to be done in cattle by means of an ear tag which even without the RFID technology will allow the USDA to figure out where a particular animal has been from the time of it's birth.

Why do I bring this up? I bring this up because of a little story about a South Dakota farmer and his experience with tagged cattle. It appears this farmer went to an auction yard and bought a bunch of calves to feed on his farm. He fed the calves until they were fat and then took them to the slaughter house for his pay day. He was in for a surprise though.

The packing plant would not pay him for seven head of his cattle and condemned the whole load of offal. Why? Because the seven head in question were Canadian cattle and were not supposed to be in this farmers possession.

"Unfortunately, it appears that USDA is not keeping track of the cattle being imported from Canada - under USDA's rules, these calves should never have been allowed to be sold in a South Dakota auction market. The Canadian officials apparently haven't been able to trace back the movements and origin of the calves, despite the official Canadian tags found in their ears." Fox said that USDA implemented a rule in 2005 to allow the importation of Canadian feeder cattle under 30 months of age, but only under very strict conditions.

"The cattle are supposed to enter the U.S. in sealed trucks and be transported directly to an identified feedlot. They are then to remain in the identified feedlot until they are hauled to a slaughter plant in a sealed truck," he said. "The fact that these calves showed up at a salebarn in South Dakota, were allowed to intermingle with U.S. cattle, and were not represented as Canadian cattle, indicates that USDA is not monitoring the very system it created.

The USDA wants to track all the cattle in the US, around 100 million cattle, and they can't even keep track of the small amount of cattle, I'm sure no more than 10 million, which come into the country from Canada. This is the perfect example of why NAIS is not going to work. The whole integrity of the program depends on the USDA being able to track these critters and here they prove on a smaller scale that they are incapable of doing just this.

Remember this example when the USDA official show up on your doorstep to sign you up for NAIS. Point out their proven inability to track cattle in the market system. See what they have to say about it. I bet they don't have an answer for you.

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Monday, January 1. 2007

What's the Deal

It's a new year and we still need to keep an eye on the NAIS situation. Maintaining this as a voluntary system is important to all who love freedom and keeping our eye on the government will hopefully maintain it this way.

Of particular interest to me is the recent USDA publication that studied the economic effects to producers of the BSE problems in the US.

Did BSE Announcements Reduce Beef Purchases?

Among the three markets examined—fresh beef, frozen beef, and frank-
furters—fresh beef provided the strongest case for an impact of the BSE
announcements. There is no evidence that the Canadian announcement
altered purchase patterns of fresh beef, but purchases during the first 2
weeks after the Washington State announcement were unusually low. Frozen
beef purchases fell only for the first week after the Washington State
announcement. Frankfurter purchases dropped in the second week following
each announcement, but purchases of no-beef frankfurters also fell,
suggesting that unrelated events were more likely responsible for the

The magnitude of responses in the market was difficult to estimate
precisely, but the duration was clear: within 2 weeks, consumers were
behaving exactly as they had before the announcements.

The reason I bring this study up is that it has a direct impact on NAIS. How? The driving force behind NAIS was to protect American producer from the economic impact of diseases like BSE. This shows the economic impact of BSE was close to zero. Within 2 weeks Americans were purchasing the same amount of Beef they were before the announcement of BSE. The only problem we have, and still have is our foriegn markets and even with NAIS there is no saying these markets would be open yet. South Korea is doing every thing it can to block US beef and NAIS wouldn't make one difference to this market.

This report just shows how unnecessary mandatory animal ID is. It might be useful in marketing in a voluntary system but I have yet to personally see that come about. The only information I have on an ID system is the buyer of my cattle would pay less for calves if they are ID'd. They cost him more money so he pays less for them. {sarcasm}Quite the advantage for me isn't it?{/sarcasm}

An ear tag never stopped a disease.

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Wednesday, December 20. 2006

This is What I was Afraid Of

Farmers Say No to Animal Tags

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is a program initiated by the federal government to attach a radio frequency identification device (RFID) to each of the approximately 40 million cows, sheep, chickens, goats, pigs, horses, and other animals on 1.4 million U.S. farms, enabling regulators to quickly track and respond to mad cow disease, bioterrorism, and other such calamities.

The program is billed as "voluntary" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), but that term is used about as loosely as a staff sergeant's call for volunteers. Already there is talk that states failing to enforce NAIS could lose USDA funding for certain programs, and that farmers whose premises and animals aren't registered could encounter trouble should their animals be shipped out of state and thus be deemed part of "interstate commerce."

Exactly what I was worried about. A "voluntary" program that is coercively "voluntary." You do it our way voluntarily or you will be punished. Isn't that a great way to run our country. The Feds have done it before and they will do it again.

I would be curious to know where the talk is coming from. Almost all opponents of NAIS, including me, have speculated that the Feds will do this but I wonder if there is something concrete or it's just hot air we are spreading.

How to derail this? I guess more letters to local and state politicians against making NAIS coercively "voluntary." It's the wrong approach.

An ear tag never stopped a disease.

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Sunday, December 10. 2006

NCBA Heard From

We finally hear from the NCBA/Meat Packers on the change to a voluntary ID from the USDA.

Cattle Editorial: USDA Puts Animal ID On Voluntary Track

For several years, NCBA members have consistently held that a national animal identification system is necessary, but can be better accomplished on a voluntary, market-driven, and producer-led basis. While a government-mandated and government-controlled system may seem like an easier and quicker solution, NCBA has never viewed this as the answer. We’ve always maintained that the industry could provide a more secure, confidential, and efficient solution that would be met with much less resistance and mistrust than a government mandate.

You know, Mike John really thinks a lot of himself. He takes all the credit for the NCBA for the USDA deciding to make NAIS voluntary.

As always, NCBA took a pragmatic stance on this issue – aimed not at gaining headlines or publicity, but simply at achieving positive results for cattlemen. That’s the approach that leads to long term success on major policy issues, and positive, productive solutions for the cattle industry.

Excuse me, I remember when the NCBA was all for mandatory NAIS and was a partner with the USDA in pushing it. Then there was enough of an outcry they backed off to a producer led system which still didn't satisfy the critics until they added voluntary to their program. They no more deserve credit for the change than pigs can fly. The producers that complained and made the NCBA change its policy deserve all the credit.

Now that the program is voluntary, what does Mike John say we should do?

At this time, one of the most critical areas in which the livestock industry needs to show improvement is premises registration. USDA Under Secretary Bruce Knight recently reported that 23 percent of premises nationwide are now registered, and the agency hopes to push that figure to 25 percent by 2007. While this represents modest progress, those figures tell me that premises registration needs a significant shot in the arm. USDA has updated its National Animal Identification System User Guide and premises registration materials, which are now available to cattlemen on line at: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais. Along with its renewed emphasis on voluntary animal ID, these user-friendly tools should help USDA reach out to mainstream livestock producers. There will always be those who dig in their heels on the ID issue, but others simply need thorough, easy-to-access information to help them get started.

The cattle industry can certainly assist in this effort by better explaining the potential benefits of premises registration, as well as further steps that can be taken to register livestock movements and animal tracking data. These tools can help producers – both large and small – take advantage of value-added opportunities and improve their bottom line. But that process really begins with premises registration as a basic fundamental step. This isn’t confidential or sensitive data you’re providing. It’s really just contact and location information that can often be found in a phone book or other local directories.

So now that it's voluntary we should all march down to the USDA and sign up for the first step in giving up our rights, premise registration. If the information can be "found in a phone book or other local directories" as Mike John says, why do we need to go sign our premise up. The USDA has the information all ready and needs no help from us. The only thing they want from us is to voluntarily enslave ourselves to their system instead of standing up for our God given rights to reject their demands.

Mike Johns thinks is the first step to the profit opportunities that an ID program can bring. Show me the dollars. I had a long talk with the guy who buys my calves and feeds them and he was adamant that he did not want the critters to have an ID tag in them. The packers he sell to charge from $25-45 per head to scan the tag which kills his profit margin. If the packer or feeder won't pay for an animal with an ID tag, where is the profit opportunity for me. More money out of my pocket with no more coming in is a loss for me last time I checked So Mike John really needs a reality check.

THERE IS NO PROFIT OPPURTUNITY INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL ID, at this point. Yes, I admit that there might be profit some day but lets not put the cart before the horse. The profit might not be there for all of us. I remember quite a number of years ago the industry started a trend for producers like me to pre-condition calves before we sold them. We were told that this would bring us more money for our calves and that it was the way to go. I have resisted this movement to this day.

The reason why? I can profit fine without it. I sell my calves for the same price pre-conditioned calves of the same weight in my area sell for and I don't have the expense of pre-conditioning. Quality cattle don't need crutches like pre-conditioning or NAIS for a producer to make a profit. We can do it ourselves just fine. If I start losing money because I don't ID my calves then I can make the voluntary decision to register my place and ID my cattle. I don't need Mike John to tell me now is the time to register my place to show the USDA my good intentions.

Is this payoff to the USDA for making the program voluntary? You bet and Mike is trying to sell it to us.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, Mike John justs wants us to think it can.

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Saturday, December 9. 2006

Voluntary ID in the News

Animal ID program remains voluntary for now

Facing wide opposition, Congress recently announced that the National Animal Identification System will be left voluntary at the present time.

“It will help the trust issues that some farmers and ranchers have raised about the national animal identification system,” Bruce Knight, undersecretary for marketing and regulation, is quoted as saying when making the announcement. “I’m certainly hoping to move beyond some of the very emotional debates on animal ID.”

Knight said that perhaps the debate against the system has only been an impediment to the process.

The program would require every location housing a single chicken, duck, turkey, cow, pig, goat, horse, or any other animal to be registered in a government database, where it’s assigned a number and GPS coordinates. Animal movements would be monitored on a national level with radio-frequency ear tags, retinal scans of eyes or DNA testing. The tracking system would pinpoint an animal’s movements within 48 hours after a disease was discovered.

Interesting article but I note a few things I would like to point out.

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, is the driving force behind NAIS and believes NAIS should be mandatory with every animal in the United States. Over the next 2 1/2 years the USDA had hoped to get 100 percent of premises registered.

Back to Colin Peterson. I didn't realize he was the whole driving force behind NAIS. I don know he still wants to make it mandatory. I've read quite a few places on the web where Peterson is a Conservative Democrat. I don't think it is a conservative sentiment to take away peoples freedom like he wants to with NAIS but what does this dumb cowboy know.

Alan Cassell, a member of the Knox County Cattleman’s Association and Black Angus farmer, said he thinks that animal identification is a good idea in the long run once the issue of cost is resolved. Originally, the idea was that the state would absorb part of the cost, although officials have changed some of their views about this.

The USDA now hopes to have all animals registered by January 2008, and to have full implementation of the system by January 2009. When asked whether he was pleased with the decision of Congress to bump the implementation goal to 2009, Cassell said, “Stretching it out over a length of time holds no bearing over the issue that it has to be done sometime.”

Cassell believes that, for most people who keep good records and manage their livestock well, it will require minimal outlay to make the transition from current records to the new identification system.

I think Cassell needs to get his head out of his ass and smell the cow shit. I damn well manage my livestock well but it would cost me a significant amount of money to move to an NAIS program, not a "minimal outlay" like he says. I would be curious to know what planet he lives on that he calls greater than $10,000 a "minimal outlay."

The last interesting item.

The identification program will not address imported meat products that enter the food supply chain.

So Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico or any other country can ship meat here and they don't have to meet the requirements of NAIS. So lets ask the question of what happens to these foreign products when they get here. For the most part they get mixed in with US beef by the packer so it becomes indistinguishable from an American product. Then lets say there is some contaminate found in it down the road further in the chain say at the restraunt level. Then what happens.

They trace the meat back to the plant then NAIS kicks in and they target all these American producers as the problem for the contamination and liquidate their herds for them. The authorities never once consider that it might be the foreign products that were introduced by the packer, since they can't be tracked, or the packer itself as the problem. They will just use NAIS to persecute American meat producers.

{sarcasm}Yep, NAIS is really going to help the US meat producers{/sarcasm}, help them right out of business thanks to our own government. {sarcasm}We really need it all right,{/sarcasm} if we want all our food to come from foreign countries.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, but the ear tag could destroy American agriculture. Is that what you want to happen?

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Friday, December 8. 2006

States Ready to Continue The Fight

Is National ID Really Dead?

Premise identification and animal identification have been hot topics in the agriculture community for years now. With recent announcements from USDA regarding the fate of the NAIS and premise ID, as well as articles questioning the current status of the program, I feel it is important to remind Hoosier producers of Indiana’s current position on premise and animal ID.

The premise ID program in Indiana is not “dead.” Although USDA does not require producers to enroll in the program, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health decided that with the risks of foreign animal diseases, and bio-terrorism, the premise ID mandate was needed in our state. According to Indiana state law, as of Sept. 1, 2006, any location involved with the purchase, sale or exhibition of livestock must possess a premise ID number. Some exhibitions, including the Hoosier Beef Congress, are requiring all exhibitors provide their number to register.

I've been concerned with the USDA backing off the mandatory aspects of NAIS, the states would be forced to pick up mandatory NAIS by the Federal Government. Hell, it doesn't even take the feds to pressure them as you see. Indiana is going ahead with Mandatory premise registration without the USDA pushing them. What's next, mandatory id?

Anyone who cares about freedom needs to be aware of these state efforts and fight them. Fight the good fight, write those state officials and let them know you think mandatory NAIS is wrong and not to push it. Our voices are the tools to fight this.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, people just think the ear tag does.

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Tuesday, November 28. 2006

New User Guide

I see that the USDA now has a User Guide out for the NAIS program. It supersedes the earlier Draft that made NAIS mandatory. It can be found here,

NAIS-User Guide

I read it quickly looking it over for the key concepts that were important. There were two words that jumped out at me throughout the document. "Federal level." Here's an example.

When producers consider participating in NAIS, there are three key points to remember in understanding
how this program works:
1) Participation in NAIS is voluntary at the Federal level. There is no Federal requirement for
producers to participate in any aspect of the program.
2) Federal law protects individuals’ private information and confidential business information from
disclosure. USDA will continue using its authority to protect individuals’ private information and
confidential business information provided by NAIS participants.
3) NAIS is a State-Federal-industry partnership that continues to evolve to meet producer demands.
NAIS works best if there is active involvement and feedback from the States, industry, and

You see they are very careful to say that NAIS is "voluntary at the Federal level." Such key words. They couldn't stand the heat from producers on the voluntary mandatory issue so what are they doing? Passing it off to the states.


You see my prediction. we need to work now at the state level to ensure that NAIS does not become mandatory at the state level. Heed my warning, the feds will press so we need to press back harder. Contact your state representatives, Governor and State Veterinary. Express your opposition to mandatory NAIS. Together we can defeat this.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, but together we are stopping the Feds.

Friday, November 24. 2006

Government Vow

Knight vows NAIS will never become mandatory

According to Dow Jones, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Bruce Knight promised Wednesday to keep the national animal identification system (NAIS) a permanently voluntary system. The Dow Jones article said Knight wants to end debate over whether or not the NAIS will ever become mandatory, because that worry is only impeding progress on implementing a voluntary system.

The Dow Jones report comes as USDA issued a 65-guide to the NAIS Wednesday. In an interview with Brownfield late last month, Knight also assured producers the NAIS would remain voluntary.

So, we have assurances and promises from Bruce Knight that NAIS will remain voluntary. What good is this promise? How can I be sure the next administration won't decide to make it mandatory? Hell, how can I be sure Johanns won't disavow Knight and decide to make it mandatory?

A government official's promise has absoultely no value in the real world and means nothing. Even if Congress were to pass the Emerson/Talent bill to make sure it stays voluntary it means nothig, the law could be changed down the line.

Knight's promise is really so much hot air since incoming House Agriculture Leader Collin Peterson has stated that he will work to ensure NAIS is mandatory which would blow Knight's promise to shreds.

We need to keep working on our Representatives on this issue with all the new members coming in. We can stop this if we try hard enough.

An ear tag never stopped a disease, but if we work hard enough we can make sure the ear tag remains voluntary.

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