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Guide to Good Farming Practices

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. Bruce Knight

Here is my answer to Bruce Knight Its one thing to say choice is good. But if the atmosphere is full of lies, how can you choose?

"It's horrible to live in a country where your choices are being taken away and you don't get to make decisions about your family and your life anymore," http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87945

Bruce Knight
This man knows exactly what 'Voluntary" means, don't be fooled

I thought it would be fitting to have a Bruce Knight Comment page. For those that do not know who HE is, well lets say he is the person in charge of the NAIS for the USDA. His title is Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.






Biennial Session underlined that the voluntary system of animal identification in USA, available

Through the US Department of Agriculture, encompassed three basic components: registration of

Premises, animal identification and animal tracking. Premise registration makes it possible to locate

Animal operations and to reach producers. Identification and tracking are based on state-of-the-art

RFID technology in order to create quicker and more efficient database traceability. Poultry, pig and

Sheep sectors have already reached a high level of participation. The highest priority of the system is an

Increase in participation within dairy and beef sectors. In order to increase the efficiencies of animal

Tracking and traceability, there is a need for the standardization of technical norms so as to ensure the

U.S. Has an internationally appropriate identification system. The efficient ID system will contribute to

The implementation of the country of origin labeling, in place as of September 2008 for animal

Products, red meats, chicken and goats.


Bruce Knight Speaks at the Houston Livestock Show 03/08
NAIS went from a Disease program to a traceability program for INDUSTRY.

click here to download Houston Livestock show file

Posted 02-04-08
On Saturday Bruce Knight was supposed to be on MetroFarm Radio to answer 9 questions that had been posed by Doreen Hannes. Bruce bailed and then did not answer the questions. I have included the questions below.

When Rufino, his special assistant emailed me he said, "send your complaints/questions ASAP and we will try to answer them ASAP." That was on Friday morning. We never heard from them again. I called this morning and asked Rufino to call me back, but he hasn't. What is up with that?

I believe we can find a clue in the "complaints/questions". I'm just guessing, but I don't think they expected to get such educated questions. They probably expected to get some whining along the lines of, "why will I have to report my trail rides." The questions posed are:

1) Where in the AHPA (Animal Health Protection Act USC Title 7 Chapter 109 Sec 8301-8320) is the USDA authorized to permanently assign PIN's to private property, require RFID or 840 id on individual chickens, and require livestock owners to report movements of their animals to effecuate 48 hour traceability on 32 species of domestic livestock?

2) If the AHPA (Animal Health Protection Act, which passed in 2002, actually does give authority for NAIS, why was the USDA spending taxpayer money on a national animal identification system commensurate with NAIS standards since 1994?

3) Isn't there a definitive conflict of interest in Neil Hammerschmidt's position as NAIS coordinator in APHIS when he personally benefited through federal funding in establishing the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium as well as the FAIR program?

4) How can NAIS be viewed as a voluntary program when states are being forced to implement NAIS to participate in interstate commerce because of mandatory disease control programs and ICVI's (interstate certificates of veterinary inspection)?

5) What are the USDA definitions of "voluntary" and "market access"?

6) Which country is actually requiring that all domestic livestock in the US be included in NAIS as a condition of trade?

7) In the advent of a foreign animal disease of concern (FAD) such as FMD or HPAI, will all potentially affected properties be placed into NAIS?

Also, should a FAD occur, will any disease control protocols change in light of NAIS participation levels?

9) Can you please explain how a 'voluntary' program can acquire in excess of 200% (MA 226%) participation levels without unauthorized roll ins and datamining?

What I am asking here is that you email Bruce Knight,  Bruce.Knight@usda.govYou get extra points for calling him 202/720-7246

And please, let us all know the results.


Oct 11, 2007 So do you think its still Voluntary???
Another famous Bruce Knight Quote “With efforts to register premises under the NAIS continuing to build momentum, we are looking ahead to the next phases of the program.  The approval of additional identification devices provides producers with important options for participating in the voluntary NAIS and increasing animal disease traceability in the United States.”
It appears we the rumor mongers can lay this to rest as Bruce just stated we are looking ahead to the next Phase of the program... So you really think this program is Voluntary at the the Federal Level?  If and when they get there 50 to 60 percent registered premises and should a disease of concern be introduced this program will be MANDATORY.

Full article not linked:
"A rapid disease response would limit the impact of an outbreak on a
producer's operation, stop the spread of disease and soften the potential market
impact on the livestock industry," he said. "If the voluntary program is a
success, the system will not be made mandatory." 
Talk Back to Bruce; Uh oh!!  Well, Brucie Knight, your slip of the tongue just let the cat of the bag,  No longer will you be able to claim we are spreading misinformation.

"It doesn't cost anything, it's confidential, it's simple to do and, most importantly, it's the right thing to do," Knight said.

Talk back to Bruce: Is this man for real, it doesn't cost anything, lets see there is tags or implants depending on species, then the visit from the vets who are getting incentives for premises registration and reporting there customers who are not in compliance. Since no cost has been published from the  USDA as Congress has asked for the sky is the limit on the annual premises id once it becomes mandatory. Then in order to comply with the reporting of movement, you will need internet service, a computer, scanner and then if you  have a fair amount of  animals you will need hired help such as a secretatary much like Bruce's title  to keep all the reporting in line. SIMPLE just keep writing thoses checks to pay for NAIS.  What about a huge Boarding situation where horses come and go all the time. Simple Bruce said!, Your momma and daddy did not teach you very well Bruce! Confidential, wasnt the USDA hacked of  confidential information and what about all the social security numbers and names posted  on the USDA site? Yeah Bruce Simple and confidential and now we have its the right thing to do, but Bruce for whom?

Knight said that it is important for producers to look into the future. "Farm policy needs to change and we need to look at the direction we are going," he said. "Agriculture is downshifting from six million farms to two million farms, so better production and traceability is a must.

Talk back to Bruce: Bruce the Nafta trade agreements did a great job in the elimination of 4 million farms and now he wants to finish the  last 2 million farms via NAIS. Knights makes statements but he doesnt let anyone know where we are suppose to head in the future. What is the direction Mr. Knight are you talking about, do you mean  the taking of peoples land and the cheap food from 3rd world countries who are working at slave rate.

It’s a voluntary program, and it’s not going to go mandatory” in the future, Knight said.

Knight said if producers would take a few minutes now to register their premises in the National Animal Identification System, it could save them in the long run. 

 Knight said that beyond premises registration, USDA intends for the NAIS to include additional premises identification and animal tracking steps down the road

A “big push” this year will be to get livestock producers who raise animals destined for human consumption to enroll their premises. This emphasis is more important now than enrolling smaller-scale producers and those individuals who keep a few horses or other animals for recreational purposes, Knight said.

Talk Back To Bruce: Mr Knight speaks with forked tongue and he said all of this in just one article. He has to be related to Mike Johanns....



Another Comment dated 11-06 Remember when the Articals came out stating the NAIS is Dead Ding Dong the NAIS is DEAD well it rose back from the Dead.

USDA Undersecretary Knight wasn't backing away from the plan, or the
timetable, in a Nov. 22 interview with the Dow-Jones Newswire, though. He
said livestock sector concerns have only slowed down progress and the USDA
is in a hurry to meet self-imposed deadlines, but also said the goal to be
able to track a diseased animal back to its source in 48 hours or less is
still on track.

The NAIS New User Guide  along with the Cooperative Agreement came out on Nov 22, 2006.

Mike Johanns Comments

Johanns rejected the idea of a mandatory country of origin (COOL) label for beef.  “Mandatory is a word that I don’t like,” stated Johanns.  Johanns pointed out that animal identification is different because it is voluntary. One week later he told a meeting of agricultural journalists in D.C. that a mandatory national animal ID system is inevitable.


If USDA finds the voluntary approach isn't working, Johanns explains it has the authority to change the system into a mandatory one without Congress writing new legislation."


Under the current plan, industry participation in the NAIS is voluntary, but Johanns said it could become mandatory if producers and other industry groups are slow to sign on. The USDA has authority to make the program mandatory without new legislation, he told reporters.

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns pointed out testing is not a food safety measure. Rather, it's a way to find out the prevalence of the disease.

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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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