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Bioterrorism Rules to Affect More Than Just Livestock Owners

The federal government’s efforts to protect the nation’s food supply seem to have impacted everyone from backyard farmers to large-scale livestock producers. Now it will impact even more agricultural producers—hay growers.

According to a Food and Drug Administration spokesman, even farmers who sell only hay must be in accordance with the Bioterrorism Act of 2002; mainly with their record keeping.

Any hay-growing operation with more than 11 full-time employees must record the field that each load of hay came from; the truck that hauled the hay; the name and contact information of the driver, and the people who helped load and unload it; the name and address of the hay purchaser; and the date the hay arrived.

The goal of this program is the same as the animal ID: To be able to trace any feed contamination problem back to its source. According to the 2002 law, it applies to “persons that manufacture, process, pack, transport, distribute, receive, hold or import food.” Animal feed is included in the FDA definition of food.

Grain elevators, feed manufacturers, alfalfa processors and other businesses that process or store farm products must also comply.

The implementation date for hay growers with more than 11 employees is June 6, 2006; smaller operations must comply by December 9. --SEC

“Under the Bioterrorism Act, farms are exempt from all recordkeeping requirements, and commercial hay producers are considered under the "farm" category.
However, transporters of products that are being bought and sold between farms are required to keep records under the Bioterrorism Act. So if commercial hay producers or truckers receive hay for redistribution or if they transport hay to another farm under a different ownership, they will need to establish and maintain records for this portion of their activity -- only the distribution
and transporting portion.  “The records required are found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1.352 located at the following URL:
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/fr04d09a.html#sec1-352. The records that need to be kept by the transporter, in plain language terms, are: names of seller and buyer, origin and delivery points [addresses], dates of shipment, number of packages (bales in this case), product description, how they moved product (e.g. truck), and any transfer points of product, if any. It is important to note that the
Bioterrorism Act does not have any new labeling requirements associated with it.”   

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http://southeastfarmpress.com/news/103106-hay-storage/  Oct 31, 2006 9:59 AM

What a deal you can get up to $3500. and sign up your premises for a hay storage building, I wonder if they have to pay it back or is this a bribe like the vise grips...they even dictate HOW TO  build it... And the Farm Service Agency, UT Extension, Farm Bureau or Co-op locations are helping in the Registration of Property all for a BRIBE of TAXPAYERS MONEY!!! 

Which we will reference back to the USDA Cooperative Agreements as "Incentives" and again in the Draft Strategic Plan, page 2 stating: Flexible – The NAIS must allow producers to use NAIS in coordination with production management systems, marketing incentives, etc. 

 On page 13 DSP: Flexible – The NAIS must allow producers to use NAIS in coordination with production management systems, marketing
incentives,
etc., allowing for the transition to a “one number – one
animal” system for disease control programs and other industry
administered programs.

 

Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens recently announced the Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications for cost share assistance Jan. 1, 2007 from state farmers interested in building new hay storage structures.

“The quality of hay production and storage has a direct impact on the quality and health of cattle,” said Givens. “If we can help farmers improve forage nutrition and handling, then we can make a difference on their bottom line through better cattle management and marketability of their livestock. This is simply an expansion of our ongoing efforts to increase farm profitability through better cattle genetics, health and handling.”

Givens is expected to formally announce the program during the annual Tennessee Forage and Grassland Council Meeting on Nov. 3 at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville.

The department has allocated $1 million for the hay storage initiative from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP), established by Governor Phil Bredesen and funded by the Tennessee General Assembly.

Beginning Jan. 1, cattle and hay producers can apply for 35 percent cost share assistance, up to $3,500, toward the construction of a new hay storage structure, or an addition to an existing structure. Building sites must be well-drained and flooring must be concrete or 4 to 6 inches of gravel on plastic. Acceptable roofing materials include metal, shingles or polymer coated fabric.

To be eligible, farmers must be a Tennessee resident and operate a farm or agri-business located in the state with at least 10 head of cattle or 50 acres of hay production. Producers with livestock must also register their premises with the National Animal Identification System. Livestock premises can be registered at most Farm Service Agency, UT Extension, Farm Bureau or Co-op locations, or online at www.tennessee.gov/agriculture/tpis.

Only projects that are approved in advance by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will be eligible for cost share assistance. Farmers will be limited to one application per fiscal year, and funding is on a “first come, first serve” basis. Once approved, farmers will have until Dec. 31, 2007 to complete approved activities and reimbursement requirements.

Applications for hay storage cost share are expected to be available Dec. 1 on the department’s Web site and at most local farm service centers and farm suppliers. Only applications postmarked Jan. 1, 2007 or after will be accepted, and farmers will have until April 1, 2007 to apply. For more information about the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program’s hay storage initiative call (615) 837-5323 or visit online at www.picktnproducts.org.

 

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Premises Registration will be an "Official" USDA unique seven Character identifier.
 
In the New User Guide it states on Page 22:
The premises identification number (PIN) is assigned permanently to a geophysical location. If an owner or entity sells his/her farm, the next operators of the premises use the original premises identification number that had been
assigned to that location. If the seller buys a new location to build a new operation that never had livestock, he/she would register that location and obtain a new premises identification number (PIN).

Premises Identification = Encumbrance

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