But it look like that it will no longer effect everyone, only those moving animals across State lines.
USDA won't enforce the new program if Congress doesn't fund it, Hammerschmidt told the audience at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture conference. Primarily composed of the animal health industry and state regulators, the institute and its members supported the National Animal Identification System and have advocated that U.S. agriculture needs to have better response systems in place in the case of an outbreak of disease like the recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in South Korea.
Most of the components of the animal disease traceability program have already been laid out and won't change: run by the states, cattle and four other species will only need to be identified if they're moving across state lines for commerce. It takes a technology-neutral stance instead of NAIS's emphasis on electronic ID tags. The final rule's release will be followed by a comment period, which could be extended beyond the typical 60-day window, before USDA begins implementing the program.
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