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                                                    August 14, 2010 
on its new framework, and has announced three more during August: Madison, Wisconsin; Atlanta, Georgia; and Pasco, Washington. 

Although USDA has backtracked on its plans for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), the fight is not over yet! 


As announced in February, USDA is working on a "new framework" for animal traceability.  USDA has stated that this new framework will apply only to animals that cross interstate borders and will emphasize low-cost identification methods.  But Big Ag and Big Tech are pushing for a more expansive--and expensive--federal program, even as they also make plans to re-create NAIS at the state level.


The USDA is holding a series of

public meetings

TAKE ACTION

 

Come to the meeting and make your voice heard! 

 

Wednesday, August 18

Crowne Plaza Madison

4402 East Washington Avenue

Madison, WI 53704

 

Friday, August 20

Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Airport

3400 Norman Berry Drive

Atlanta, GA 30344

 

Tuesday, August 24

Red Lion Hotel

2525 N 20th Avenue

Pasco, WA 99301

 

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/meetings/index.shtml

 

The morning will consist of presentations by government officials, followed by breakout sessions at tables based on species groups.  After the small groups have reported back to the full audience, a USDA official will respond to written questions, and there may be an opportunity at the very end for oral questions or comments.

 

Below are a couple of suggestions to help you be effective:

 

1)      Plan your written questions ahead of time.  When the USDA official goes through the questions in the afternoon, if he doesn't actually answer your question, stand up and politely insist on an answer. 

2)      At the small group discussion, be prepared to be an advocate for your views and to politely disagree with the facilitator(s).  If they claim that a "consensus" has been reached with an answer that you don't agree with, say so.  At the end, one person from the table will report back to the full group.  Let the spokesperson give his or her report, and then politely speak up to add any points that were covered by the group that were skipped.

 

For more information on the

previous public meetingsand USDA's proposed framework, visit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:  http://farmandranchfreedom.org/action-6-6-10

The meetings will take place between 8 am and 4 pm, and the USDA has more information posted at