FARFA’s Testimony to U.S House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry

Review of Animal Identification Systems
Written Testimony of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
to the
United States House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture,
Subcommittee of Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. Founded in April 2006, FARFA has over 600 members and over 2,000 subscribers to its mailing list from across the country. FARFA is dedicated to protecting the interests of independent farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and other livestock owners. USDA has described NAIS as “one of the largest systematic changes ever faced by the livestock
industry.”

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Comments on Proposed Rule to Mandate Premises Registration

February 2, 2009

Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD, APHIS
Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

Re: Docket No. APHIS–2007–0096

Dear USDA-APHIS:

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance urges the USDA to withdraw its proposed rule to implement portions of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), Docket No. APHIS- 2007-0096.

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Freedom of Information Act Request for Cost-Benefit Analysis

January 22, 2009

VIA FAX: 301-734-5941

Tonya Woods
Freedom of Information Act Officer
USDA APHIS
4700 River Road Unit 50
Riverdale, Maryland 20737

Dear Ms. Woods:

This is a request to UDSA-APHIS in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552. By this letter, I request a copy of the documents listed below.

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Action Alert: USDA Issues New Memo

UPDATE: March 16, 2009 – Over 18,000 people submitted comments on USDA’s proposed rule to mandate NAIS premises registration for certain disease control programs.

 

In September, the USDA issued a Veterinary Services Memorandum No. 575.19 to animal health officials that mandated NAIS premises registration be used any time someone had any activity on their property (such as vaccinations or testing) conducted under any of the federal disease control programs.

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Government’s Doublespeak on the National Animal Identification System

By Judith McGeary

Published in the Winter 2008 edition of Wise Traditions

The USDA’s implementation of the National Animal Identification System, or NAIS, has taken government doublespeak to a new level. For newcomers, NAIS is an agribusiness-government plan to require every person who owns any livestock animal to submit to extensive government regulation and surveillance. The NAIS would cover anyone who owns even one chicken, horse, cow, sheep, goat, pig, turkey, guinea, elk, deer, bison, or other livestock or poultry.

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Press Release: Family Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Criticize Efforts to Tie School Lunch Program to Animal ID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Family Farmers, Ranchers and Local Food Advocates Criticize Efforts to Tie School Lunch Program to Animal ID
Provision in House Agriculture Appropriations Bill would Undermine Local, Grassfed and Organic Food Movement

(June 25, 2008) – A wide coalition of family farmers, independent ranchers, organic and local food system advocates from across the country today criticized a provision to be included in the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee’s markup bill that would force USDA to purchase meat for the school lunch program only from sources that are registered in the controversial National Animal Identification System (NAIS).

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FARFA Leads Coalition Urging House Appropriations Committee Not to Link NAIS to School Lunch Program

U.S. House of Representatives
House Committee on Appropriations
Washington, DC 20515

June 25, 2008

Dear Representative:

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to remove the provision from the House Agriculture Appropriations bill that requires USDA to purchase meat products that are derived from farms (premises) registered with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) for the School Lunch Program. This provision undermines the School Lunch Program and promotes a flawed policy.

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FARFA’s Comments to USDA on Privacy Act Notice

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Austin, Texas. Founded in April 2006, FARFA has 500 members in 45 states and more than 1,700 subscribers to its mailing list from across the country. FARFA is dedicated to protecting the interests of independent farmers, ranchers, homesteaders, and other livestock owners.

FARFA joins in the comments submitted by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and adds the comments below, on USDA’s Notice at 73 Fed. Reg. 23412 (Privacy Act Notice on NAIS) (Apr. 30, 2008). FARFA urges that the agency suspend all collection of information under the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and expunge the information collected to date.

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Open Letter to the American Horse Council

The Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) sent a public email last month alerting people to statements in a recent government document that call for breed registries to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). We encouraged people to contact their breed registries (1) to find out if they planned to be part of this implementation and (2) to express the members’ opposition to being part of NAIS. Many horse owners acted on this information and contacted their registries.

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