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Recent National Animal Identification System (NAIS) News
The battle to save our American farms - The fight to stop NAIS (May 4, 2007)
I am writing this as an open letter to all the members of the Missouri House of Representatives and all other State and Federal legislatures across the country. The National Animal Identification System currently being implemented and enforced will be devastating to small farmers and ranchers. More ...
NAIS Action Alert: Tuesday May 1st 8:30AM (April 30, 2007)
Here is a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Missouri State Legislature action alert for May 1st 8:30AM. Thanks to Doreen Hannes for getting this out. More ...
Anti NAIS Bill Passes Missouri Senate, tell your State Representative to vote YES (April 24, 2007)
SB 428 has been approved by the Senate by a vote of 29-2!!!! It will now go to the House, where we face a tough fight. Call your Representative to urge him or her to support SB 428 when it comes before the House. More ...
Missouri has five anti-NAIS bills in its legislature! (March 8, 2007)
Five anti-NAIS bills have been introduced in the Missouri legislature. Liberty Ark has done a great job creating a legislative alert with information about the bills, talking points and who to contact. If needed you can always lookup your federal and state elected officials on the Missouri LP website. More ...
February National Animal Identification (NAIS) events (February 3, 2007)
There are two events scheduled in February to discuss NAIS. Darla Maloney, Chair of the Missouri Libertarian Party has been invited to speak at the NAIS town hall meeting in Cameron, Missouri February 15th. More ...
Missouri Farm Bureau Member Speaks Out Against National Animal Identification System (August 22, 2006)
Most of us small farmers are just finding out about the National Animal Identification plan or NAIS as it is being called. I'm referring to the USDA draft plan which can be seen on the USDA website along with the technical supplement that describes the computer coding and requirements of reporting and such. More ...
Comments on NAIS "Draft Program Standards" and "Draft Strategic Plan" (June 6, 2006)
I have carefully examined the Draft Program Standards (Standards) and Draft Strategic Plan (Plan) issued by the USDA (the Department) on April 25, 2005, in furtherance of the Department's proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Many aspects of the Standards and Plan appear to create insurmountable legal, fiscal, and logistical problems. The comments below address five categories of problems:
- Constitutional infirmities of the proposed program;
- An enormous economic cost to animal owners, the States, the Department, and, ultimately, to American taxpayers and consumers for a program likely to be ineffectual;
- Weaknesses in the stated rationales for the program;
- A lack of consideration of alternative, far cheaper and more easily administered measures which would more effectively protect animal health and food security; and
- A lack of notice and an opportunity to be heard for medium-scale, small-scale, and home farmers, and for other citizens owning livestock solely for their own use or pleasure, in the Department's process thus far.