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Arizona is NOT a Voluntary STATE.... In the Yavapai County 4-H-FFA Expo 2009 Premium Book. You must have a SEASONAL PASS inorder to show with 4-H and FFA. That Seasonal PASS requires a Premises Identification number.
Cattle, Cows, Breeding and Market Sheep   must have a Seasonal PASS which includes the Premises ID to be  in FULL compliance with the Arizona Department of Agriculture regulations regarding Seasonal Passes 
Something very interesting in this 4-H/FFA book Page 8 Completed 6 hours of 4-H "Community SERVICE"
Page 13 Interesting What is the INTERNATIONAL Association of Fairs and Expositions. Further research will need to be done, but I quess UNESCO is involved somehow.  
7. Seasonal Passes / Premise I.D.’s Beginning with the 2007 EXPO, all exhibitors were required to
be in full compliance with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) regulations regarding
Seasonal Passes.
To ensure compliance, we are requiring that a copy of your Seasonal Pass be
submitted with all large livestock animals entered at EXPO, except swine. The requirements and
instruction on how to obtain a Seasonal Pass are available on the state website at
For your convenience a copy of the Seasonal Pass Application is also available on our website at
www.4hffaexpo.org. Please note that all SHEEP and GOATS must have Official Scrapie
Identification (which requires that the seller/breeder have a premises identification number).
8. Code of Conduct- All participants will adhere to and sign the Yavapai County EXPO Code of
Conduct form, a copy of which will be kept on file at the Cooperative Extension office. 4-H/FFA
members, leaders, or parents who fail to abide by all listed stipulations will be asked to leave the
grounds and will forfeit all awards, premiums, or auction proceeds and will be barred from participating
in the following Yavapai County 4-H/FFA EXPO.
Page 14 Very odd;where is the testing requirements and why would they allow an animal who shows evidence of poor physical condition and still be able to  compete in showmenship classes?
1. All animals must be in good health and condition to be entered into EXPO. Visibly sick animals or
those showing signs of active internal or external parasites or fungal infections WILL NOT BE
ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SHOW GROUNDS. Market animals that, in the opinion of the Sifting
Committee, evidence poor physical condition, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO SELL, BUT MAY BE
ALLOWED TO COMPETE IN SHOWMANSHIP CLASSES. In questionable cases, exhibitor
may be asked to obtain a licensed veterinarian’s written statement as to the health status of
the animal.
Page 15-Auction Rules
2. Large market livestock entries must have an I.D. Form on file at the Cooperative Extension office
Page 17
1. All exhibitors must have viable proof of ownership available to prove length of time animals have
been owned. The official ownership date is the date shown on the bill of sale, unless the animal
was bred by the exhibitor, in which case calving or birth records must be shown.
breeding livestock must show the exhibitor as the sole owner of the animal on the breed
association papers or certificates.
Showing with the 4H and FFA is under Civil and FEDERAL rules and Regulations 
12. Any violation of “The National Show Ring Code of Ethics” or specific rules as designated by
individual fairs and livestock shows will result in forfeiture of premiums and awards,
disqualification, and may result in probationary status and/or loss of eligibility for future
participation in organized livestock competition. Possible civil penalties may be imposed by the
proper authorities based on evidence provided by the livestock show of exhibitors in violation of the
Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act/or the animal mistreatment, neglect, and abandonment laws
that apply on the local, state, and national levels.
Page 30 Breeding and market Swine Department doesn't show that a SEASONAL PASS is needed... But on page 32
All animals must be identified with an Arizona Department of Agriculture Premises I.D. Number either
permanently tattooed or affixed to the animal by means of a tamper-proof ear tag.
All swine must have state inspection (hauling papers) at time of check-in that indicates the Premises ID
number or they will not be permitted to unload. If inspection was not done at time of purchase you
must contact the Arizona Department of Agriculture at 1-800-294-0305 to make an appointment.
Page 37 Dairy Pygmy, Angora/Fiber and Market Goat Department
Seasonal Pass REQUIRED
Page 42 Horse Showmanship Department
Submit copy of Horse ID from Permanent  Animal Record to Address
Page 45 Small Stock Department (Poultry, rabbits) No mentions of Seasonal Pass
Where can we get a copy of the Entry Form 09Other?
Page 50 Division J - Cavies (All Breeds Competing)
Division Rules
1. Must be ear-tagged in the left ear and correspond to entry form
1. All poultry must be leg-banded with numbers corresponding to those on the entry form.
Thats all I came up with except one added form the SEASONAL PASS http://www.azda.gov/licensing/seasonapp.pdf
on the letterhead of Janice K Brewer Governor, Did this Governor also sign into law the NONAIS BILL for Arizona?


Posted 05-09-07


Contact: Judith McGeary, +1-512-243-9404, judith@farmandranchfreedom.org, or Karin Bergener, +1-330-298-0065, bergener@config.com

AUSTIN, Texas, May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arizona became the first state in the nation to prohibit mandatory participation in a National Animal Identification System. State Senator Karen Johnson, who sponsored the bill, said, "We are delighted that the legislature and the governor recognize the dangers of allowing government to force people to register their premises, tag every one of their livestock animals, and then report to the government every time their animals move off their premises."

The brief but powerful addition to the Arizona statutes says:

"The Director, Department, or any other officer, agency or instrumentality of this state shall not mandate or force participation in the National Animal Identification System."

At least a dozen other states (http://libertyark.org/action.shtml) are considering legislation to block efforts by both state and federal government to require livestock animal owners to participate in the NAIS.

"Livestock owners see the NAIS as an intrusion into private property rights, which will cost animal owners a lot of money and time, and will have virtually no effect in preventing animal disease or improving food safety," says Judith McGeary, member of the Steering Committee of the Liberty Ark Coalition.

The NAIS was first proposed by USDA as a mandatory program to begin in 2007. Opposition from livestock owners forced officials to redesign the program as "voluntary at the federal level," while continuing to fund mandatory and coercive state programs. The USDA boasts that nearly 385,000 people have registered in the program, but no one knows how many of these people were registered without their knowledge. For example, as many as 15,000 to 20,000 people were registered without their knowledge in Idaho, before the practice was stopped. (http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=53913)

Children in 4-H and FFA programs in some states have been forced to register before they can sell animals or go to shows. In response to public pressure, USDA recently provided a process for people to withdraw from the database.

"As more people learn about NAIS, and the opposition continues to grow, we expect to see many more states rejecting NAIS," says Karin Bergener, another member of the Liberty Ark steering committee. Meanwhile, Senator Johnson has pledged to address any problems with Department pressure in Arizona.

The Liberty Ark Coalition was formed a year ago to inform people and help coordinate a national effort to stop the program.

SOURCE The Liberty Ark Coalition



Great news!  Arizona has passed its no-mandatory NAIS bill.  Senator Karen Johnson sponsored the bill, and maneuvered  it through the legislature.  She sent the note below to the folks who helped her, including the Liberty Ark steering committee and the members in Arizona.

This should be strong encouragement to the other 12 states that are working on legislation, and to all the other states to get legislation working.  It's amazing what a small group of determined people can accomplish when all the folks work together!


Hi Everyone -- Today, Governor Janet Napolitano signed SB1428!  It usually is 90 days before a bill takes effect and becomes law, but for our purposes, it's over.  The bill passed and it's done.  I'll let you know about the effective date after I look into it a bit.  Congratulate yourselves and give a sigh of relief.  The practical effect is that the Arizona Dept. of Agriculture MAY participate in NAIS if it wants to, but they can NOT force any of you to participate if you choose not to.  If the big ranchers like this, they can go for it, but they can't make anyone participate against their wishes.  We need to know what kinds of experiences you have in the next 6 to 8 months.  If you find that the Dept. is pressuring you, please email Senator Johnson and let her know.  Sometimes after a bill passes, we discover we need to do some "tweaking" later to actually get what is wanted.  So, let us know if any of you have any future problems.  Thank you all for all your efforts.  You! 're the best!!

Senator Karen S. Johnson
_kjohnson@azleg.gov _

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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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