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Old 12-31-2006, 10:32 AM   #51
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skilletlicker, this whole issue just makes my head hurt. There is so much info published on this that I do not know what is good info and what is mis-information. Look at this.......

"Market to drive national animal identification
By Shannon Burkdoll, The Prairie Star Editor
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 12:29 PM MST

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in recent months it has no intention of making the National Animal Identification System mandatory - it is permanently voluntary. Some are skeptical of the voluntary statement and others have diagnosed the death of the program from this statement."

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Old 12-31-2006, 11:25 AM   #52
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As I read it, the current USDA position is that it will remain voluntary at the federal level but states can make it mandatory. Wisc. has apparently already done so and others including Texas will be following shortly. My sense of it is that this is mostly PR. The following is from an Oct. 31 speech by a Deputy Secretary of Ag.

I ask you to keep stressing that this is a voluntary system. I believe that message strikes a chord with producers. It also helps deal with the myths, half-truths and misconceptions that have been circulating about N-A-I-S. Some of you who have worked on the system for a long time feel that we can best achieve our objectives through a mandatory system.
But the best system, simply put, is one that will work.
That means a system farmers will participate in and support. And that’s a voluntary system.
Since we’ve had some confusion on this, we need to be as clear as we can be. This is Voluntary with a capital V. Not a currently voluntary, then maybe a mandatory system. This is a permanently voluntary system at the federal level.
Of course, individual states may choose to require participation based on local needs. That’s up to them.

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