Sunday, June 21, 2009

All I Can Say Is- WOOOHOOO! NAIS Takes A Hit

No Money For Livestock Tracking

Thursday, 18 June 2009
Cattle-Fax reports that the US House Appropriations subcommittee voted to eliminate funding for a livestock tracking system that has so far cost $142 million but would be totally ineffective in case of a disease outbreak. Proposed as a voluntary system, producer participation has been far below the point needed for effective disease control. Government livestock tracking has been highly controversial among farmers and there has been organized resistance. None of the subcommittee members spoke in support of the program. Currently the USDA is scheduling town hall meetings to get a feel for current producer sentiment.

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