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Posted 04/23/10
Alaska State Vet to continue to register premises and has submitted their request for Cooperative Agreement money. He stated that they will post the CA on the State Vet site. If it does not post within the next month I will request a copy.

2008 National Animal Identification System Cooperative Agreement and Work Plan for the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to Advance Animal Disease Traceability Jan 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008

2008 Alaska Cooperative Agreement click here to download file

Alaska 2007 Cooperative Agreement Click here to download file

 Click here: 2006 Alaska State Cooperative Agreement



Who is on the ALASKA NAIS Advisory Committee?
JaneHamilton Delta  Farm Bureau Chapter Officer-Secretary )
Trpettit (Todd Pettit owner of buffalo
Buffalogal http://www.adlainc.blogspot.com/) Alaska Divisified Livestock Association, Inc. 
Billkathybuckburton  (Alaska Farm Bureau Chapter Officer -President-Bill Burton Kodiak) E-mail: billkathybuckburton@
nashfarm (Muskox and morgans) No wonder they would not allow me to pass out   NoNAIS material at the Stallion Parade     http://www.windyvalleymuskox.net/
suzy (Last name is Cosby she has Goats)
K_beus Matanuska Creamery,  Kyle Beus was a Palin constituent
kbolson 2009 Board of Direcotrs, Farm Bureau Could this be the same person? 1995 to 2006 Farm Subsidy $92,438.00
Vicki Smith
Sandy (Alaska Horse Journal)
Jan Flora Director  for AKFarm Bureau Kenai
Milan Shipka
Ryan Kristen  Department of Natural  Resources
Fuller, Jay (DEC)
Havemeister, Franci A (DNR)  Director of Agriculture
Robert F. Gerlach, State Vet, DEC
What is the NAIS advisory committee?  How did these people come to be chosen to be on the NAIS advisory committee? Is it because they were good global citizens and obtained a Federal Premises Identification Number? Are they the only ones who are "Good Stewards" of the animals and land?  Many of the people listed are members with the Alaska Farm Bureau.
The committee has to my knowledge only met once and are due to meet after the holidays. Why the silence from these people who are discussing YOUR future on the National Animal Identification System?
A future that has now been tied into the World Trade Agreements on traceability and dicatated to Americans by the OIE, a group under the United Nations. The OIE is under The International Court of Justice.
Dr. Gerlach and Jay Fuller state they want producers to feel they have a choice in developing a program that will be flexible to meet the needs the livestock producers in the State. (Their words as printed)
Well how can one have a choice when silence reins from the very  group  that is developing a program to meet the producers needs? I bet 95 percent of the livestock owners in Alaska are not aware of this group.
The horse community is a huge group that stretches across Alaska  and not one word from Sandy Shackett. She owns and publishes  the Alaska Horse Journal and has a yahoo group. 
In fact not one word from the entire horse community on NAIS. Little do they know that  this program will cost them dearly.  Have you read the paper on Economic Impact of NAIS for Horse Owners  located on the Equine Citizens Working Group page? Maybe you should. This paper was based on actual costs found. Please note Alaska will be higher in cost to you, the livestock owner!
Dr. Gerlach said in his letter dated  01-22-09, that Animal ownership is a RIGHT.. A right, since when? An activitiy that is granted, licensed or permitted, is not liberty or a right.
Maybe the question should be: What disease?
The USDA has in there infinate wisdom dropped the funding for Johnes disease, and guess what? That is the disease that needs to be watched. Sound familar, the USDA also dropped the numbers on BSE testing that made the NAIS famous.
Chronic Wasting disease is not an issue in Alaska  as it is a Clean State. http://wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=disease.cwd  Why is it clean? TESTING, and who helps test, the hunter.
Brucellosis is in the State of Alaska but the STATE owns the wild life. Brucellosis occurs naturally in  Caribou, Moose, and Reindeer.  The wildlife that runs through your fencing and can infect your herds. The very wildlife that is infected naturally is left to run freely. The very program that the STATE wants you to "Volunteer up for" and  their animals are running around without NAIS tags on our private property..
Existing federal and  state laws already intensively regulate livestock testing and transportation.  Dr. Gerlach has stated he is the first Responder, all testing that is done is reported back to the State Vet. Coggins testing is reported back within 24 hours from the Approved Certified USDA labs. Take TB for instance, a certified Vet tests the cattle and then goes back to the cattle for the results.


The hard work of Ron Paul Supporters paid off. On the Alaska Republican Party website http://www.alaskarepublicans.com/PartyPlatform.aspx

Under the Constitutional Rights item H states "We recognize the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects as guaranteed in the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; recognize the right of the people to be secure from any search or seizure that violates the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination; and oppose legislation that violates these two Amendments including, but not limited to, any infringements that may be contained in the Patriot Act, the Real ID Act, NAIS Act, and the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act. Furthermore, we propose that these acts be repealed immediately.

Alaska Residents when writing to your state Rep and Senators in Congress on any of these acts remind them of this, that these acts must be repealed....And that includes the National Animal Identification System which is the NAIS ACT!


Registering your premise does not obligate you to participate in the NAIS.   Somewhat TRUE but if you want to participate in any COMMINGLING events or TRANSPORTATION you will be obligated to participate in the Full implementation of the NAIS as it will be a phased-in plan.
(NAIS DRAFT Strategic Plan- Cooperative Agreement 2007 signed by the ALL States including ALASKA)   
on page 16 in the CA
"Provide a brief overview of the work to be performed and how the plan builds upon the 2005 or 2006 cooperative agreement plan. Also, explain how this plan will support the timelines for full implementation of NAIS as outlined in the draft strategic plan.
Again the STATE VET is mis-informing and mis leading livestock owners.
In their own words the program is voluntary, so why would anyone sign up to a voluntary program  when its VOLUNTARY and why sign up without knowing ALL the "FACTS"? 
Naughty Naughty for mis leading the public.....again!
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and Premise Registration

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The Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV) is currently registering farms and other premises where animals are co-mingled with the USDA national database. The data entered includes name, address/location, phone, e-mail, and types of livestock located at the premise. The eventual goal of the USDA is to have producers adopt a standardized animal identification system that is consistent across the country, replacing different systems that are remnants of existing animal health programs and standardizing local systems. Premise registration is the first step to using a national ID system, because the animal ID number will link the animal to a registered premise. The NAIS and premise registration is VOLUNTARY. Registering your premise does not obligate you to participate in the NAIS.


The NAIS will obligate you as the owner of a premises id, tell me how you get from point A which is your farm to point B which might be a medical emergency to the VET clinic?


Its apparent that some of the ALASKA Representatives feel they do not have to answer to their constituents. NAISINFOCENTRAL will be placing their names on a very Naughty List along with there lack of knowledge in regards to NAIS and there lack of concerns to "WE THE PEOPLE".
Representative Carl Gatto- Palmer, Alaska
Absolutely  NO RESPONSE
Representative Chenault -Nikiski, Alaska
His response to NAIS Dated 04-20-07 The NASIS is a FEDERAL issue.  We cannot do anything about it.  Murkowski Young and Stevens have to do it.  I know its difficult to distinguish between the two sometimes, but I have no pull with the feds. None
Copied directly from there email
Mr Chenault read this: To prove that this program is at the state level and NOT at the  Federal Level, The New User Guide dated December 2007 Version 2.0 states: "Step 1:
 To register your premises contact your state (e.g. State Veterinarian
 office) or appropriate Tribal authority. Contact information for each
 state and Tribe is provided in the appendix of this document." All
 producers and affected industry segments would have to participate
 eventually quoted from NAIS  Draft Program Standards page 3.
It does not say to contact the FEDERAL USDA but your State VET!

**Response sent to MR. Chenault  on 05-03-07. See Below for link***

Senator Don Young - When asking Don Young any question in regards to NAIS, the response is always the SAME CANNED response. It Appears that the Good Senator has no concerns what so ever to "We the People" of ALASKA unless it concerns  OIL.  

Senator Ted Stevens- Absolutely NO RESPONSE

Response to Rep Chenault click here to download file

Posted 05-10-07
Senator Young finally saw the light that NAIS will run the farmers out of business. Keep up the pressure folks!!!

Dear Mrs. 

 Thank you for contacting me to express your views on H.R. 3170, the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). I appreciate you taking the time to contact me regarding this very important issue.

As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard animal health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated the implementation of NAIS in 2004. NAIS is a cooperative state-federal-industry partnership to standardize and expand animal identification programs and practices to all livestock species and poultry. Its three main initiatives are premises identification, animal identification, and animal tracking. The USDA claims that the long-term goal of NAIS is to provide animal health officials with the capability to identify all livestock and premises that have had direct contact with a disease of concern within 48 hours after discovery.

While I appreciate the intent of the NAIS, I believe it is has the potential to drive many farmers out of business, due to both the government intrusion and the practical burdens that it imposes. I understand your concerns regarding the negative impacts NAIS would have on many Alaskans, and I agree that individuals, small farmers, and small producers who raise animals for their own pleasure, consumption, and local marketing should be protected from the international and Federal administrative burdens the program places on them.

As you may know, in 2006, I voted in favor of an amendment to the 2007 Agriculture appropriations bill, H.R. 5384, which would have blocked funding for the NAIS. Unfortunately, that amendment failed by a vote of 34 to 389. Nevertheless, you can rest assured that I will continue to oppose NAIS and educate my fellow colleagues on the dangerous impacts the program would have on Alaskans.

Once again, thank you for expressing your views on this issue. If you haven't already done so, I would encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at http://donyoung.house.gov/IMA/issue_subscribe.htm . This will allow me to provide you with updates on this and other important issues. If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.



Congressman for All Alaska



Posted 05-10-07
Lt. Gov. Parnell's office responds:

Thank you for contacting our office regarding the NAIS program. The Lieutenant Governor asked me to respond on his behalf.

The NAIS program is a federal program administered by the USDA on the national level, and by the Office of the State Veterinarian (Department of
Environmental Conservation) within the State of Alaska.
As you know, the registration is currently voluntary, and I suspect that most Alaskans will resist mandatory registration. To date, only 15.3% of
Alaskans have voluntarily registered.
 From the State Veterinarian's perspective, NAIS is useful because the State Veterinarian is the "First Responder" to an animal disease outbreak.
Registration would serve a useful purpose of assistance in the event of an outbreak, if livestock managers are comfortable with the OSV knowing who you are, where you are, and what kind of livestock you own.

From a citizen's perspective, however, I agree with you. The Palin/Parnell administration is committed to the notion that 'more government is not the
answer.' Responsible Alaskans, empowered to do what's right, are more than capable of being successful and solving problems.

That said, what kind of significant alterations to the NAIS program are you interested in? Since it's a federal program, our authority is limited.
But the specific implementation is left to the states. What specifically do you wish to see happen?
Jason Hooley
Office of Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell
Alaska State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801
907.465.4082 phone
907.465.5400 fax"
Here again another AID responding to "WE the People"! This AID has no idea, no clue about NAIS other then WHAT THE STATE VET TOLD HIM....
Its best not to answer there question on what kind of significant alterations to the NAIS program are you interested in. TELL THEM TO READ THE  'Official Documents".

Voluntary With a Capital 'M"

Thank you for writing Governor Palin regarding the efforts of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to implement a National Animal Identification System (NAIS). The Governor asked me to write back to you.

I certainly understand your concerns. The state veterinarian, Dr. Bob Gerlach, has been working with the USDA, the Alaska Farm Bureau, and livestock producers in the state to ensure that implementation of the NAIS in Alaska accomplishes the benefits of effective response to animal diseases without unduly burdening animal owners.

As you point out, the NAIS, is, at least currently, voluntary. Looking first at the premise registration aspect of the program, the voluntary premise registration program currently in effect in Alaska serves a key purpose. Many national and international markets only accept animals and animal products with tracking information, such as premise registration information, in addition to animal and product identification. Locally, some agricultural fairs and events are also requiring that participating animals come from premises with registration numbers. Without the voluntary premise registration program, Alaska animal owners would not be able to sell their products in national and international markets or participate in local fairs and events. For those reasons, it seems we need a voluntary premise registration program.

As for the animal identification and tracking elements of the NAIS, some forms of mandatory animal tracking already exist in Alaska, with good reason. As part of the Chronic Wasting Disease monitoring program, the movement of all elk brought into the state is closely monitored. If an infected animal were to introduce Chronic Wasting Disease to Alaska’s ungulate population, the consequences could well be disastrous. For that reason, any owner of elk has an identification number for all animals and reports there movements. In cases like these, Alaska needs the ability to implement mandatory animal identification and tracking systems.

It seems that the best thing for Alaska would not necessarily be legislation banning implementation of the NAIS, but to fashion implementation of the NAIS in Alaska in a manner that addresses critical needs, but avoids the intrusive and burdensome effects on particularly small scale animal owners described in your letter. Non-critical aspects of the program should remain voluntary. We certainly have no interest in seeing government bureaucracy needlessly infringe on private property and privacy rights.

I hope this helps to explain our thinking and direction, and makes sense to you. Please continue to speak out and let us know how we are doing on this and any other topic of importance to you. Thanks again for writing.


Joe Balash
Special Staff Assistance

cc: Larry Hartig, Commisioner, DEC
Bob Gerlach, DVM, State Veterinarian


As of 07-26-07 No response has been received from Palins office. So much for Transparency that Palin touts but then have you looked the word up?


Governor Sarah Palin,

April 15, 2007



Joe Balash stated, I certainly understand your concerns, How can Mr. Balash  understand our concerns when  he probably does not own any livestock.  How can he understand the NAIS when he or Governor Palin have not read all the 'Official" documents for themselves to truly understand the burdens that will be placed on us via the Federal USDA  National Animal Identification System that is "currently voluntary" at Federal level but will be implemented vie the State Cooperative Agreements.


Only when they read the 'Official" Original Documents will they truly understand the NAIS in full. Only hearing one side of the issue is not fair nor balanced nor considered fair decision policy practices. Obviously Mrs. Palin does not live by her bible  which she touts as the Constitution and the fact that she has just slapped every one in the face that placed her in office..


How can they understand that anyone who signs up to the "Currently Voluntary" with a capital 'V" NAIS  program you will be under Federal Rules and Regulations along with State laws. How can they understand that one mistake can and will net you a fine of $750.00 via the state laws, $50,000.00 up to $500,000.00 via the Animal Health Protection Act? How can they understand any of it when they have not read the official documents and what it all entails.  How can they guarantee our livestock will not be depopulated first  and then tested. How can we be guaranteed accurate test results? No they have not read the documents, they have listened to the State Vet, the USDA and of course the Farm Bureau who many of us are not members.  



He further stated that the State Vet,  the USDA,  the Farm Bureau and livestock producers have worked together to implement  NAIS, since there are other owners of livestock such as equines or the backyard chicken owner, why were the meetings kept from that "other" industry? The ones that will be burdened the most? 


Does Mrs. Palin realize that children have been targeted to sign up there parents premises to show in 4H and  FFA in the lower 48?  Does she even care? Has that been done here in Alaska?  How can children sign a binding contract  with the USDA and it be legal? The Farm Bureau does not speak for me, The State Vet does not work for me  and the USDA does not work for any of us other then Big Industry" and that clearly show that in the letter that Mr. Balash wrote citing elk.


Mr. Balash also states without duly burdening animal owners, but fails to state how the plan will not   unduly burden us. How do you define the burden of compliance to religious freedom? The NAIS will force these citizens to violate their religious belief.  What is the critical needs of Alaska.? What is the Non-Critical aspects of the program?


Mr. Balash then states, many national and international markets only accept animals and animal products with tracking information, such as premises registration information, in addition to animal and product identification. Please define who the national and international markets are?  How does the average  horse owner  benefit from the international market? How does a owner of a chicken benefit from international markets? In fact how does it benefits the consumer when in fact the price of the one chicken just increased the cost due to NAIS. Please do explain. 


Mr. Balash states, "Locally, some agricultural fairs and events are also requiring that participating animals come from premises with registration numbers. Without the voluntary premise registration program, Alaska animal owners would not be able to sell their products in national and international markets or participate in local fairs and events. For those reasons, it seems we need a voluntary premise registration program". What is so voluntary about this? In order to PARTICIPATE in the local community you must have a premises id. Voluntary with a capital "M" for mandatory if you want to participate in local fairs and events.  To accept premises registration will require that you will have to accept the animal identification and animal tracking as a whole package in order to comply with NAIS per the Cooperative agreements that the State of Alaska signed.. 



Definition of voluntary as is used in government' "Federal agriculture support programs were established on two cornerstones -- local and voluntary.  The local committees that provide oversight or advice for informal education, conservation, production support, credit, etc. are vestiges of this Depression-era bedrock belief.  That programs should be voluntary (incentive based) rather than regulatory was the other bedrock belief (although this has been eroded with more and more programs being banded together such that to accept one you have to accept the full package)."  Quoted from the Dean of a Law School



Per this report "The Agricultural Industry in Alaska- A Changing and Growing Industry Identification of Issues and Challenges, Prepared for Alaska Agriculture Industry Leadership Group and Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture Larry DeVilbiss, Director,  Dated May 2006,  states on page 5. Agriculture has never been a major factor in the territory's or State economy, nonetheless, it has been a stable industry that has provided Alaskans with fresh meat and produce. Farm-gate receipts from all greenhouses, landscape materials and bedding plants production have eclipsed receipts from all other traditional agricultural products and exceeded only by receipts from the aquaculture industry.


Alaska is not in the exporting of animals as it states in this report. The biggest crop here is the greenhouse/landscaping business and bedding plants production then the aquaculture industry. To further show the proof of exporting, although there are two categories of customers-export and  instate- only the latter is presently creating opportunities for producers.  Quoted from The Agricultural Industry in Alaska- A Changing and Growing Industry Identification of Issues and Challenges, Prepared for Alaska Agriculture Industry Leadership Group and Department of Natural Resources Division of Agriculture Larry DeVilbiss, Director.

There you go, aquaculture is the leading export product  in Alaska.... Where is the beef? Where is the horse? Where is the sheep? Where is the Llama, Where is the  chickens? Where is the pork? Where is the national and international markets that Mr. Balash states? Where is the disease that they are perceiving to justify this program against the people?


Furthermore Mr. Balash does not define how the premises id will track animal at this point. So to clarify for Mr. Balash.  The State of Alaska, Department of Environment Conservation, Office of the State Veterinarian, National Animal Identification System (NAIS) Cooperative Agreement 2007: This system will allow the state to develop a practical yet comprehensive infrastructure that collects and records information about the identification of premises where animals are commingled (Production points). This is the foundation for the NAIS and must be established before animals can be  tracked. Again what is so Voluntary? The State is forcing the people to comply in order to participate in local events. Last, some states now require a premises ID to obtain an eCVI.  Some also require animal ID.  If you are a resident of one of those states, your ability to show or ship a horse will require you to participate in NAIS.  This certainly negates the USDA’s claim that NAIS is “voluntary with a capital V!  Is that not defeating to show support to your local economy?  Mr. Balash is also misinforming the public that this program is Voluntary, when in fact that it will eventually  be mandatory as per all of the 'Official" USDA documents and Cooperative Agreements.


The most compelling statement  in the Cooperative Agreement is" Work with the producers on animal identification system that are consistent with the requirements needed to be consistent with the NAIS.  What is so Voluntary with forced compliance to participate in the local fairs or events? The State of Alaska is shutting the people out of the local economy. To further clarify voluntary to mandatory, the State of Alaska signed the Cooperative Agreements with the USDA/APHIS which clearly state the following.


On Page 4 in the CA 

As a voluntary effort, full implementation of the NAIS will be achieved as a phased-in plan, emphasizing premises registration as the foundation of the system. USDA's intent of 100% participation! 


On Page 5 in the CA: Benchmarks

The work plan must also include specific goals of achievement (measurable outcomes) regarding premises registration efforts. In addition to projected numbers  of premises registered, performance may also include to document effort and productivity such as number of meetings conducted: number of  producers/owners contacted: outcomes associated with animal identification coordinating  committees: outreach materials distributed: mass mailing results: cooperative extension programming outcomes, including NAIS funded and unfunded cooperative extension efforts: and  use of promotional incentives to register premises. Measurable outcome(s) for FY 2007 NAIS Implementation Cooperative Agreement funding, including premises registration, among others, is/are to be emphasized over measurable outputs (what was accomplished is to be prioritized over what was done and documented in quarterly and final reports).


On Page 6 in the CA: Coercion at Market Entry Points

"States will be responsible for selecting cooperating livestock markets and dealers in their State and coordinating support, including documentation of performance for required reports."  ( with Alaska this is being seen with the Alaska Farm Bureau and livestock producers)


The Document also includes suggesting "integrating"  premises information from existing programs into the NAIS "voluntarily registered" database and financial or other prizes for those who register and for "cooperating" livestock markets- who then force their producers to register in order to sell their livestock. 


On page 11 in the CA

Projects must focus on implementation of premises and animal identification methods according to the standards defined in the NAIS Draft Program Standards


on page 16 in the CA

"Provide a brief overview of the work to be performed and how the plan builds upon the 2005 or 2006 cooperative agreement plan. Also, explain how this plan will support the timelines for full implementation of NAIS as outlined in the Draft Strategic Plan.


On page 8  of the "NAIS DRAFT  STRATEGIC PLAN"

Transition from Voluntary to Mandatory - Phased in Approach


The NAIS will be established gradually through the integration of these Key components: Premises Identification, Animal Identification , Animal Tracking On Page 21 and 22 in the "NAIS DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN"


The 'Plan " is following  the Guidelines issued in the 2007 State Cooperative Agreement. 

1: Acquire Resources   via the State Cooperative Agreements - Funding

2: Develop Regulations, Policies and Guidelines:

3: Develop Information Systems

4: Input, Outreach , and Training

Measuring  Success: three Measures

1: Annual test exercises

2: Milestones are listed in each states Cooperative Agreement:

Fiscal Quarter                         Report Date

1 January-31 March              30 April

1 April-30 June                       31 July

1 July-30 September             31 October

1 October-31 December        31 January

Final  Report                            90 days after Agreement expires

Financial Reports are due  as the same dates above

3: Stages of development



Mr. Balash is confusing the subject of NAIS that the local fairs and events want this, the state signed a cooperative agreement in return for money to implement NAIS per the  USDA DRAFT Strategic Plan 2005 to 2009. The working plan that is included in the cooperative agreement clearly states " To meet this Goal the State of Alaska adopted the USDA Premises ID System in March 2005. 



Mr. Balash continues with "As for the animal identification and tracking elements of the NAIS, some forms of mandatory animal tracking already exist in Alaska, with good reason. As part of the Chronic Wasting Disease monitoring program, the movement of all elk brought into the state is closely monitored." On the State of Alaska web site Wildlife Conservation http://wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=disease.cwd, it states , To date, CWD has not been detected in any Alaskan wildlife. Perceiving disease is not justification for a 130 million dollar program when laws on the books have done the job very well for over 100 years.  Mrs. Atkins was not asking about the wildlife in Alaska, She was asking Mr. Balash about Privately OWNED livestock, So answer the questions without  blocking the questions that were asked. It appears that Mr. Balash is not concerned as he stated in his letter nor does he understand the National Animal Identification System.  


So now lets talk about the liability with NAIS, When a cows enters into the slaughter house it is processed, if that processing is not up to standards and the meat is infected with E-Coli, the cow is  marked with a ear tag that goes back to the premises and the liability is now on the farmer not with the slaughter house. Does Mr. Balash know that this concern is very important to every livestock producer who utilizes the slaughter house including the National Farm Bureau?


Another factor that was mentioned in the Ag report  was the absence of new and younger entrants into the field: profits inadequate to stimulate new investment: increasing transportation costs: and especially for horticulture, the lack of a dependable seasonal work force.  Here are some facts they failed to mentioned, Profits, how can one earn a profit when the farmer is competing with Wal-Mart that the Government  likes to indulge with tax breaks, and one important aspect, the seasonal work force. How many of you in the over 50 crowd had to shovel snow for money, how many of you bucked hay, well the law states kids under 16 can't work, something called child labor laws were put in to effect, did it hurt you to buck hay, did it hurt you to shovel snow? No it taught you responsibly something you do not see anymore due to government interference.


Another Quote from the Ag report "Adapting to change requires the capacity to draw on untapped resources, both financial and human. Alaska’s agriculture producers have limited financial resources and, with a lack of new entrants into the industry, it appears that untapped human resources will be scarce. Perhaps the age and experience of Alaska’s agricultural producers can overcome the absence of youth and energy. In either case, the success and survival of the Alaska agriculture industry will require an increase in producer collaboration and active government support.  With a paragraph like this, one has to wonder how come they did not say, that with all the rules and regulations one must have to follow why bother, how can anyone have success let alone survival with active government support. And now they want to force more rules, regulations and cost on the farmers or recreational horses owners  via NAIS. And over 50 farms have fallen for it hook line and sinker by signing up for "Free Premises Identification". The old saying "nothing is free" is very true.


To quote again from the  report that was prepared by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks they stated "Even markets for feed and hay are affected by the influx of large retailers (in particular, Wal-Mart, which has a very wide selection of feeds for all types of animals). The relatively high price of hay in Alaska has provided trucking companies with a strong incentive to import cheaper hay from outside. Alaskan farmers need to study existing agricultural infrastructure to identify strengths, under-utilized capacity, and limited resources that could be enhanced and augmented by additional investment."


Do these people even own animals, do they even get out of there office, yes Wal-mart  sells grain and alfalfa cubes but the cost is a few cents cheaper then the local feed store, but then one has to consider driving to Wal-Mart since the gas is going up so the savings is a moot point. Also has anyone ever seen hay being sold through Wal-Mart? To clarify I have never seen hay at Wal-Mart.   Paying over $500.00 a ton is not cheap, they make it sound as if the hay is $200.00 a ton but fail to add in the transportation cost.  Our local feeds stores are not any cheaper at $30.00 a bale.. One ton at $30.00 which is roughly 32 bales is $960.00. Cheap? We would rather support our local farmer but when they run out of hay its out. So how do you feed your horses?


There is much more to this report, one very other important item to bring up, Quote"  The Alaska hay market is directly dependent on the demand from recreational horse owners, not from the livestock industry as it is elsewhere. This demand for quality horse hay appears to be growing and has further increased the cost of raising livestock in Alaska." Why is the state wanting to cut the hands that feed the farmers who produce our feed for our horses via NAIS? One can not support both!. The NAIS will place a burden, not only on cost but the required reporting aspect, to comply with NAIS and hay and grain costs are going up due to gas.  Why bother keeping horses if you can not enjoy them? Why bother raising chickens due to the cost, consumers will not purchase a chicken at 10.00 when they can buy it at the local China Wal-Mart that purchases there poultry from China for 5.00. So again why is the State slapping the local farmed raised producer with NAIS?  And why is the state promoting food from China knowing now that the pet food industry has been under attack with  melamine laced  wheat gluten.


Does Mr. Balash realize the cost associated with NAIS? The cost will include, computer, internet service, premises identification fee (not defined), RFID tags or microchipping with ISO 11784/11785 134.2kHz, Vet cost to implant,17 reportable events for movement  (cost which has NOT been defined) , scanner, health certificates, Fines for non-compliance, reporting time overhead, vaccination/testing requirements, DNA and Retinal cost. Now the only thing that Mr. Balash and Governor Palin did not realize due to not reading the official documents that they too are paying for NAIS and they will be paying for it in the Buy Alaska Local Market and the grocery stores.


Further more the Governor of  the State of Alaska,  the State Vet, the Alaska USDA has clearly shut out all concerns from the "other industry" due to being against NAIS per the USDA NAIS How-To Handbook, Tools and techniques to increase your premises registration results. Dated February 2007.


Chapter 6: Facing the Opposition, you know all to well that NAIS and premises registration have faced opposition from a number of audiences. On the internet, in person, and in the media, groups and individuals have taken on NAIS with every tool in their arsenal.


You should try to focus your premises registration efforts on individuals and groups who are more accepting of NAIS. Nonetheless, it is likely that you will be confronted with difficult audiences from time to time, so its important to be prepared. The opposition's information is largely based on misinformation and misunderstanding but their zeal and emotional appeal is real. The only misunderstanding and misinformation is when you do not read the 'Official USDA Draft Strategic Plan and the National Identifications System Draft Program Standards”. Then and only then can the Governor of Alaska  make an informed decision.


In closing to read the “Official” documents that we the people will have to abide by,  you may download them at http://www.naisinfocentral.net, Under the navigation bar titled: USDA documents, the State and Federal cooperative agreements have also been posted.


On September 19, 2006, Mr.  Knight was quoted, “Choosing NOT to participate may limit your options when it comes time to sell your herd or your flock or your breeding stock. Choosing NOT to participate may opt you out of the export market. Choosing NOT to participate may mean—at some point—you’ll have to hunt harder and go further to find buyers or slaughterhouses willing to accept undocumented livestock or poultry—especially as NAIS becomes fully operational”.


Gisela Swift

Alaska Animal Health Regulations Amended Aug, 2, 2006 click here to download file

DEC St of AK FY2007 Governor's Operating Budget click here to download file

Alaska Artical 1 Declaration of Rights

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Alaska has been validated swine brucellosis-free and bovine tuberculosis-free by the USDA. To date, there have been no confirmed cases of bluetongue in livestock.
Alaska has also been recognized as bluetongue free by Canada. This came about as a result of Hawaii attaining this status. There probably is no reason why the same consideration should be made for anaplasmosis; there has not been any reported since fall of 1984.



Posted 03-18-07 

By Dr. Jay Fuller, Assistant State Veterinarian


The Office of the State Veterinarian is currently registering livestock premises in the National Premise Information Repository.  This is currently a voluntary registry that will be used to identify all animal production or processing facilities.


Knowing where animals are located is critical to effective disease outbreak investigation and control efforts.  Also, premise location registration is the first step in the USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS) initiative. 


In this age of information technology, animal and premise identification will become a necessary component of our nation’s agricultural system.  Future trade status with other states and countries, as well as our ability to respond to and manage disease outbreaks depends on this program.  To register, use the registration form that is on the next page of this newsletter and mail it to the address on the top left of the form.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the State Veterinarian’s Office at (907) 375-8200.


Dr. Fuller, Is the NAIS a disease out break program or is it a trade status tool? Notice that the Trade Status is listed before disease outbreaks. Does this give you a clue?  

Alaska has so far avoided the NAIS issue, but has adopted HB 380, which provides for seizure and destruction of animals by the state to prevent spread of contagious disease. 
00 Enrolled HB 380                                                                                   
                                    01 Relating to the powers and duties of the commissioner of environmental conservation                                   
                                    02 regarding animals, animal products, agricultural products, and the transportation of animals                          
                                    03 and animal products; relating to the employment, appointment, and duties of a state                                   
                                    04 veterinarian by the commissioner of environmental conservation; relating to the powers of the                         
                                    05 commissioner of natural resources regarding agricultural products; relating to animal rabies                          
                                    06 prevention and control; and providing for an effective date.                                                          
                                    07                           _______________                                                                             
                                    08    * Section 1. AS 03.05.011 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                
                                    09            Sec. 03.05.011. Powers of commissioner of environmental conservation. (a)                           
                                    10       To carry out the requirements of this title relating to animals or animal products over                         
                                    11       which the department has jurisdiction, the commissioner may                                                     
                                    12                 (1)  issue orders or permits relating to or authorizing the examination,                              
                                    01       inspection, testing, quarantine, or embargo of animals or animal products, or premises                          
                                    02       containing or having contained animals or animal products, in order to prevent the                              
                                    03       spread of pests or contagious or infectious disease;                                                            
                                    04                 (2)  conduct tests, analyses, and hearings to determine whether to issue                              
                                    05       an order or permit relating to animals or animal products under this section;                                   
                                    06                 (3)  cooperate with federal, state, municipal, and other governmental                                 
                                    07       agencies regarding powers and duties under this section;                                                        
                                    08                 (4)  issue orders or permits relating to or authorizing the custody, care,                            
                                    09       or destruction of animals or animal products to prevent the spread of pests or                                  
                                    10       contagious or infectious disease;                                                                               
                                    11                 (5)  designate points of entry for the admission of animals or animal                                 
                                    12       products into the state; and                                                                                    
                                    13                 (6)  issue orders or permits relating to, or authorizing the examination,                             
                                    14       testing, or care of, animals or animal products to be transported into, within, or from                         
                                    15       this state, in order                                                                                            
                                    16                      (A)  to prevent the spread of pests or contagious or infectious                                  
                                    17            disease; or                                                                                                
                                    18                      (B)  to promote safe or sanitary conditions for the animals or                                   
                                    19            animal products to be transported.                                                                         
                                    20            (b)  The commissioner may                                                                                  
                                    21                 (1)  adopt a schedule of fees or charges, and credit provisions, for                                  
                                    22       services related to animals and animal products rendered by state veterinarians to                              
                                    23       farmers and others at their request, and all the receipts from the fees and charges shall                       
                                    24       be transmitted to the commissioner for deposit in the state treasury;                                           
                                    25                 (2)  designate individuals, independently or in cooperation with federal,                             
                                    26       state, municipal, or other governmental agencies, to carry out and enforce, under the                           
                                    27       direction of the state veterinarian, the requirements of this title relating to animals or                      
                                    28       animal products over which the department has jurisdiction;                                                     
                                    29                 (3)  enter into agreements with the federal government for controlling                                
                                    30       disease among animals and match federal payments for animals destroyed under those                              
                                    31       agreements from any appropriation available for this purpose;                                                   
                                    01                 (4)  pay an owner of an animal destroyed under this section an amount                                 
                                    02       from any appropriation available for this purpose; and                                                          
                                    03                 (5)  adopt regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act)                                  
                                    04       to implement and interpret this section; when adopting regulations under this                                   
                                    05       paragraph, the commissioner shall give substantial weight to the typical practices and                          
                                    06       standards in the state and in the United States of the industry for which the regulations                       
                                    07       are designed.                                                                                                   
                                    08            (c)  Before taking custody of or destroying an animal or animal product under                              
                                    09       (a)(4) of this section, or imposing a quarantine, placing an embargo, or taking another                         
                                    10       action under this section that deprives a person of an animal or animal product, the                            
                                    11       department shall provide for notice and an opportunity to be heard to the owner or                              
                                    12       person in possession of the animal or animal product, unless the commissioner                                   
                                    13       determines there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of an animal or the                             
                                    14       public.                                                                                                         
                                    15            (d)  Nothing in this section affects the authority of another agency of this state.                        
                                    16            (e)  In this section,                                                                                      
                                    17                 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of environmental                                           
                                    18       conservation;                                                                                                   
                                    19                 (2)  "department" means the Department of Environmental                                               
                                    20       Conservation.                                                                                                   
                                    21    * Sec. 2. AS 03.05 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                              
                                    22            Sec. 03.05.013. State veterinarian. The commissioner of environmental                               
                                    23       conservation may employ or appoint a person to act as the state veterinarian to carry                           
                                    24       out and enforce the requirements of this title relating to animals or animal products                           
                                    25       over which the Department of Environmental Conservation has jurisdiction. To be                                 
                                    26       eligible for appointment as the state veterinarian, a person must be licensed or                                
                                    27       otherwise legally authorized under AS 08.98 to engage in the practice of veterinary                             
                                    28       medicine in the state.                                                                                          
                                    29    * Sec. 3. AS 03.05.040(a) is amended to read:                                                               
                                    30            (a)  To carry out the requirements of this chapter, on any business day                      
                                    31       during the usual hours of business, or at any time if the commissioner determines                 
                                    01       that there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of an animal or the                     
                                    02       general public, the commissioner or an individual designated by the commissioner    
                                    03       as an [AUTHORIZED] inspector may, for the purpose of inspecting animals, animal     
                                    04       products, agricultural products, or premises containing or having contained         
                                    05       animals, animal products, or agricultural products [SUBJECT TO                                    
                                    06       REGULATION], enter a storehouse, warehouse, cold storage plant, packing house,                                  
                                    07       slaughterhouse, retail store, or other building or place where animals, animal                    
                                    08       products, or agricultural [THOSE] products are or have been raised, housed, kept,   
                                    09       stored, processed, or sold.                                                                                     
                                    10    * Sec. 4. AS 03.05.050(a) is amended to read:                                                               
                                    11            (a)  An animal, animal product, or agricultural product found by the                         
                                    12       commissioner, or an individual designated by the commissioner as an                               
                                    13       [AUTHORIZED] inspector, to violate a regulation adopted under this chapter is                                   
                                    14       declared to be a public nuisance injurious to the public interest and may not be moved                          
                                    15       by the person in whose possession it may be except at [UPON] the specific direction               
                                    16       of the commissioner or inspector.                                                                               
                                    17    * Sec. 5. AS 03.05.090 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                        
                                    18            (b)  A person who violates an order issued, a regulation adopted, a permit                                 
                                    19       issued, a quarantine imposed, or an embargo ordered under AS 03.05.011, or a person                             
                                    20       who directs or orders a person to commit the violation, is subject to a civil fine of not                       
                                    21       more than $500 for each violation.                                                                              
                                    22            (c)  If the Department of Environmental Conservation issues an order                                       
                                    23       regarding, adopts a regulation on, issues a permit regarding, imposes a quarantine on,                          
                                    24       or orders an embargo on an animal or animal product that the Department of                                      
                                    25       Environmental Conservation reasonably believes carries pests, a contagious disease, or                          
                                    26       an infectious disease, a consignee who knowingly receives, or a carrier who                                     
                                    27       knowingly transports, the animal or animal product in violation of the order,                                   
                                    28       regulation, permit, quarantine, or embargo is subject to a civil fine of not more than                          
                                    29       $500 for each violation.                                                                                        
                                    30            (d)  The Department of Environmental Conservation or a court of competent                                  
                                    31       jurisdiction may impose the fine authorized by (b) or (c) of this section.                                      
                                    01            (e)  Each animal, animal product, or premises containing or having contained                               
                                    02       animals or animal products involved in a violation described in (b) or (c) of this                              
                                    03       section constitutes a separate violation under (b) and (c) of this section. Each day on                         
                                    04       which a violation described in (b) or (c) of this section occurs constitutes a separate                         
                                    05       violation under (b) and (c) of this section.                                                                    
                                    06            (f)  In this section, "knowingly" has the meaning given in AS 11.81.900(a).                                
                                    07    * Sec. 6. AS 03.05.100(1) is amended to read:                                                               
                                    08                 (1)  "agricultural products" does not include fish, [OR] fisheries                      
                                    09       products, animals, or animal products;                                                            
                                    10    * Sec. 7. AS 03.05.100 is amended by adding new paragraphs to read:                                         
                                    11                 (4)  "animal" means an animal other than a human being and includes a                                 
                                    12       mammal, insect, bird, fish, and reptile, whether wild or domestic, and whether living                           
                                    13       or dead;                                                                                                        
                                    14                 (5)  "animal product" means a product, article, or commodity                                          
                                    15       containing any part of an animal.                                                                               
                                    16    * Sec. 8. AS 44.46.025(a) is amended to read:                                                               
                                    17            (a)  Except as otherwise provided in AS 37.10.050 - 37.10.056, the Department                              
                                    18       of Environmental Conservation may adopt regulations that prescribe reasonable fees,                             
                                    19       and establish procedures for the collection of those fees, to cover the applicable direct                       
                                    20       costs, not including travel except in the case of a designated regulatory service, as that                      
                                    21       term is defined in AS 37.10.058, of inspections, permit preparation and administration,                         
                                    22       plan review and approval, and other services provided by the department relating to                             
                                    23                 (1)  [AGRICULTURE AND] animals and animal products under                                
                                    24       AS 03.05; food, drugs, and cosmetics under AS 17.20; and public accommodations                                  
                                    25       and facilities under AS 18.35;                                                                                  
                                    26                 (2)  certificates of inspection for motor vehicles under AS 46.14.400 or                              
                                    27       46.14.510;                                                                                                      
                                    28                 (3)  drinking water systems under AS 46.03.720;                                                       
                                    29                 (4)  water and wastewater operator training under AS 46.30;                                           
                                    30                 (5)  waste management and disposal authorizations under                                               
                                    31       AS 46.03.100;                                                                                                   
                                    01                 (6)  certification of laboratories conducting environmental analyses of                               
                                    02       public drinking water systems or of oil or hazardous substances, or conducting other                            
                                    03       analyses required by the department;                                                                            
                                    04                 (7)  certification of federal permits or authorizations under 33 U.S.C.                               
                                    05       1341 (sec. 401, Clean Water Act);                                                                               
                                    06                 (8)  regulation of point source discharges of pollutants under the                                    
                                    07       program authorized by AS 46.03.020(12);                                                                         
                                    08                 (9)  regulation of pesticides and broadcast chemicals registered under                                
                                    09       AS 46.03.320(a)(4), with a reasonable fee not to exceed $120;                                                   
                                    10                 (10)  licensing of pesticide applicators under AS 46.03.320(b), with a                                
                                    11       reasonable fee not to exceed $25.                                                                               
                                    12    * Sec. 9. AS 47.05.012 is amended to read:                                                                  
                                    13            Sec. 47.05.012. Material incorporated by reference. Under                                           
                                    14       AS 44.62.245(a)(2), in adopting or amending a regulation that incorporates a                                    
                                    15       document or other material by reference, the department may incorporate future                                  
                                    16       amended versions of the document or other material if the document or other material                            
                                    17       is one of the following:                                                                                        
                                    18                 (1)  a document that is published, compiled, or prepared by the United                                
                                    19       States Department of Health and Human Services and is included in the following list:                           
                                    20                      (A)  the international classification of diseases, clinical                                      
                                    21            modifications;                                                                                             
                                    22                      (B)  the common procedure coding system;                                                         
                                    23                      (C)  the specifications for national uniform billing data                                        
                                    24            elements;                                                                                                  
                                    25                      (D)  the federal poverty guidelines for the state;                                               
                                    26                      (E)  the Indian Health Service encounter rates; or                                               
                                    27                      (F)  the relative value units used in the Medicare program for                                   
                                    28            determination of fee schedules;                                                                            
                                    29                 (2)  the current procedural terminology for physicians published by the                               
                                    30       American Medical Association;                                                                                   
                                    31                 (3)  the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders published                              
                                    01       by the American Psychiatric Association;                                                                        
                                    02                 (4)  the length of stay in hospitals by diagnosis and operation for the                               
                                    03       western region of the United States, published by Solucient;                                                    
                                    04                 (5)  the relative value guide published by the American Society of                                    
                                    05       Anesthesiologists;                                                                                              
                                    06                 (6)  the consumer price index published by the United States                                          
                                    07       Department of Labor;                                                                                            
                                    08                 (7)  the health plan employer data and information set published by the                               
                                    09       National Committee for Quality Assurance;                                                                       
                                    10                 (8)  practice standards adopted by the American Academy of Pediatrics,                                
                                    11       American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Diabetes                                          
                                    12       Association, American Cancer Society, American Academy of Family Physicians,                                    
                                    13       American College of Physicians, United States Centers for Disease Control and                                   
                                    14       Prevention, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or the National Asthma                                  
                                    15       Education and Prevention Program;                                                                               
                                    16                 (9)  the compendium of animal rabies prevention and control [, 2002,]                                 
                                    17       published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;                                      
                                    18                 (10)  the control of communicable diseases manual published by the                                    
                                    19       American Public Health Association;                                                                             
                                    20                 (11)  the standards manual and interpretative guidelines for behavioral                               
                                    21       health, employment and community support services, and for medical rehabilitation                               
                                    22       published by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities;                                      
                                    23                 (12)  consumer assessment of health plans published by the Agency for                                 
                                    24       Health Care Policy and Research; or                                                                             
                                    25                 (13)  resources for optimal care of the injured patient published by the                              
                                    26       Committee on Trauma, American College of Surgeons.                                                              
                                    27    * Sec. 10. AS 03.05.020, 03.05.060, 03.05.080; AS 03.25.010, 03.25.020, 03.25.250;                          
                                    28 AS 03.45.040, 03.45.050, 03.45.060, 03.45.070, 03.45.080; and AS 03.53.010 are repealed.                              
                                    29    * Sec. 11. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                  
                                    30 read:                                                                                                                 
                                    31       TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS: REGULATIONS. The Department of                                                         
                                    01 Environmental Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources may proceed to adopt                               
                                    02 regulations necessary to implement the changes in secs. 1 - 8 of this Act. The regulations take                       
                                    03 effect under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the                        
                                    04 law implemented by the regulation.                                                                                    
                                    05    * Sec. 12. Section 11 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).                           
                                    06    * Sec. 13. Except as provided in sec. 12 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1, 2006.                   

HB 384 Fines and Penalties

Alaska Animal Health Emergency Management  Plan

Alaska Statutes. Title 3. Agriculture and Animals

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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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