USDA NAIS Listening Session on June 9

Following up on a previous post on the National Animal Identification System, I thought I’d pass along the following email from the Missouri Farmers Union:

USDA Listening Session National Animal Identification System Scheduled for June 9 in Jefferson City

Truman Hotel & Conference Center
1510 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO
Tuesday, June 9th: 9AM-4PM

The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is gaining traction in Washington D.C., and we have the opportunity to let USDA know that the program will adversely affect thousands of Missouri farmers, while doing nothing for food safety concerns. Please plan to attend the listening session on June 9th. If you need assistance with transportation, directions or talking points, please contact Missouri Farmers Union.

Pro-NAIS forces have used myths to try to get farmers and consumers to buy into the NAIS program.  Now it is the time to convey the message that NAIS will severely and negatively impact independent family farmers, consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs and advocates for a safer food system.

What You Can Do:

1.    Attend the listening session on June 9. Please have prepared comments ready, if possible, and remember there might be opportunities to visit with media.

2.   Submit written comments online or mail to:

ATTN NAIS, Surveillance and Identification Programs
National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS
4700 River Road Unit 200
Riverdale, MD 20737

– Brian DeSmet

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