USDA to drop NAIS

Today the Tom Vilsack, USDA Secretary, announced that the government will be abandoning their National Animal Identification System program.  This program had been widely criticized as unfair to small farmers who saw it as prohibitive to their ability make a living.

According to Vilsack, the USDA will begin “a new, flexible framework for animal disease traceability in the United States, and undertake several other actions to further strengthen [its] disease prevention and response capabilities.”

Vilsack recently went on a listening tour around the US and found a strong resistance to NAIS. He then stated that the USDA would “revise the prior policy and offer a new approach to animal disease traceability with changes that respond directly to the feedback we heard.”

*photo from http://www.nonais.org

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