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June 3, 2009 | USDA Adds Six Additional NAIS Listening Sessions to June Schedule

USDA announced that it added six additional National Animal Identification System (NAIS) listening sessions around the country in June. These were a follow-up to seven other listening sessions that were already held, several recent Congressional hearings, and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s meeting with industry on animal ID. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and IDairy's five other member organizations have taken a strong stance on the necessity of mandatory animal ID as a collective insurance policy for the industry in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

The six additional sessions will be held on the following dates:
 

  • Tuesday, June 9: Truman Center - 1510 Jefferson Street, Jefferson, MO 6510
  • Thursday, June 11: Holiday Inn Rapid City, Rushmore Plaza - 505 North Fifth Street, Rapid City, SD 57709
  • Tuesday, June 16: Route 66 Casino & Conference Center - 14500 Central Avenue, SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121
  • Thursday, June 18: TBA - Riverside, CA
  • Thursday, June 25: Jane S. McKimmon Center - 1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Saturday, June 27: Hamilton County Extension - 1143 NW US Hwy 41, Jasper, FL 32052

With these additional USDA listening sessions, the dairy industry needs to continue to send the consistent message to USDA about the need for mandatory animal ID. It is imperative that multiple dairy industry speakers attend each of these sessions in support of mandatory animal ID.

Please see NMPF's draft comments for additional help on how to support mandatory animal ID. NMPF's letter to Secretary Vilsack on the necessity of a mandatory National Animal Identification System may also be useful.

Again, if applicable, please identify producers from your organizations who can participate in these USDA listening sessions and inform Jamie Jonker.
May 7, 2009 | Dairy Participation Needed at USDA Animal ID Listening Sessions

USDA will conduct seven National Animal Identification System (NAIS) listening sessions around the country in May and June. This is a follow-up to several recent Congressional hearings, and Secretary Vilsack's meeting with industry on animal ID. The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and IDairy's five other member organizations have taken a strong stance on the necessity of mandatory animal ID as a collective insurance policy for the industry in the event of an animal disease outbreak.

The seven sessions will be held on the following dates:
 

  • Thursday, May 14: Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Monday, May 18: Pasco, Wash.
  • Wednesday, May 20: Austin, Texas
  • Thursday, May 21: Birmingham, Ala.
  • Friday, May 22: Louisville, Ky.
  • Wednesday, May 27: Storrs, Conn.
  • Monday, June 1: Loveland, Colo.

With these upcoming USDA listening sessions, NMPF continues to stress the importance of sending a consistent message to USDA about the need for mandatory animal ID. It is imperative that we have multiple dairy industry speakers during each of these sessions in support of mandatory animal ID.

To help assist in this undertaking, NMPF has provided draft comments that can be used in support of mandatory animal ID. NMPF's letter to Secretary Vilsack on the necessity of a mandatory National Animal Identification System may also be useful.

If applicable, please identify producers from your organizations who can participate in these USDA listening sessions and inform Jamie Jonker as to the names of the individuals who will be attending, so that we ensure a strong message on mandatory animal ID comes from the dairy industry at these sessions. For more questions or more information, contact Jamie Jonker.
March 11, 2009 | In Congressional Testimony, IDairy Urges Action to Implement Mandatory Animal ID

Dr. Karen Jordan, D.V.M., testified before the U.S. House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry on March 11, 2009. In her testimony, Jordan, the owner of Large Animal Veterinary Services and the co-owner of Brush Creek Swiss Farms in Siler City, NC, focused on the need for mandatory animal identification for the livestock industries. A video of Jordan's testimony is available below.

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