USDA Proposed Rule for Traceability of Livestock Moving Interstate

FARFA and 48 other organizations request an extension to the public comment period.

 

Below is an outline of some of the key provisions and definitions from USDA’s new proposed rule. References are to the section numbers in the proposed rule.

Basic rule: No person may move covered livestock interstate or receive such livestock moved interstate unless the livestock meet the requirements of new Part 90. (Sec. 90.2)

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Animal ID: Round Two

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just proposed a new rule that would expand requirements for tracking livestock that cross state lines.

We’re working with our allies to thoroughly analyze USDA’s proposal, which will take some time, but here are some quick highlights:

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Press Release: USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme

USDA and Corporate Agribusiness Continue to Push Animal ID Scheme

Consumers and Independent Producers Lose if Big Ag Wins on Animal Tracking

 

WASHINGTON, DC (August 9, 2011): The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a new proposed rule for mandatory animal traceability. While USDA already has traceability requirements as part of existing animal disease control programs, the proposed rule goes much further to require animal tagging and tracing without specific disease threats. The rule has raised significant concerns among family farm and ranch advocates, who accuse the agency of failing to provide a coherent, factual explanation of the program’s necessity.

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Animal ID Update

A year ago, USDA announced that it was dropping its plans for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and that it would instead develop a new framework for tracking animals that move across state lines. At the same time, the USDA also announced that it would form a new “Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.”

Read the Official Advisory submitted by the USDA Secretary’’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health (SACAH) after the public meeting held on March 4, 2011.

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Official Advisory: USDA Secretary’’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health (SACAH)

Preamble

As the proposed rule on animal disease traceability (ADT) makes its way through the Department’’s regulatory clearance, SACAH appreciates the opportunity to consider various aspects of ADT and advance recommendations. The Committee focused most of its second public meeting (March 4, 2011) on addressing any primary concerns expressed by agricultural stakeholders who would be affected by the rule. The Committee identified and discussed nine areas of concern:

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Animal ID Update: USDA Plans to Propose New Rules

A year ago, USDA announced that it was dropping its plans for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), and that it would instead develop a new framework for tracking animals that move across state lines. At the same time, the USDA also announced that it would form a new “Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health.”

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USDA Advisory Committee on Animal Health Appointed

When USDA announced that it was withdrawing its plans for the National Animal Identification system (NAIS), Secretary Vilsack also stated his intention to establish an Advisory Committee on Animal Health to provide input on animal ID and other topics. A coalition of organizations nominated eight individuals to the Committee, and three of our nominees have been selected to serve on the Committee:

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FARFA Submits Comments to USDA on Animal Traceability Framework

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) submits these comments on the USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability Framework. FARFA is a non-profit organization headquartered in Cameron, Texas, with members in 45 states. FARFA advocates for farmers, ranchers, and homesteaders through public education and lobbying to assure their independence in the production and marketing of their food, and to prevent the imposition of unnecessary regulatory burdens that are not in the public interest. 

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USDA Public Meetings on Animal Traceability

As of July, USDA has held five public meetings on its new animal traceability framework. These meetings are much more controlled and government-dominated than last year’s listening sessions on NAIS. The agenda for each of these sessions calls for questions to be answered only at the end of the meeting, after the participants are broken out into tables to provide input.

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