Does your homestead include animals or poultry?
I hate to be a wet blanket, but if you are planning on a neat little homestead experience that includes any poultry or livestock, you will fall under the brand new, incredibly draconian regulations of the National Animal Identification Scheme, uh, System. Even if it's only one horse, sheep, goat, cow, pig, llama, alpaca, deer, chicken, goose, or duck, and it's just a pet, if you have any animals other than cats or dogs, this means you. Sorry, but in the interest of "security", the USDA has decided that all non canine and feline animal ownership constitutes an agreement on your part to surrender your right to privacy, as well those same rights of anyone who visits your home.
How intrusive is this program? The still voluntary application for your new, nine digit federal premisis ID number that you can pick up at your local county extension office includes a line for you to give the precise GPS coordinates for every barn, shed and outbuilding on your property, as well as the coordinates for every piece of property on which you keep animals. If you have so many little outbuildings they don't all fit on one line, you're supposed to attach a seperate piece of paper. IOW, if your neighbor lets your kid's horse graze the five acres behind his house so he doesn't have to mow, you have to list him too. Look it up yourself at their website. Now, there are some aspects of this whole system that are obviously going to take a while to implement, but rest assured, this is is the plan. Think of it as your tax dollars (and an unelected, unaccountable bureacracy) at work.
In case you'd like to know more, this came through a goat list I'm on; it's "printed as written". Just thought I'd pass it on.
"Attention all Goat Owners and Owners of Animals small and large,
You are invited to a *special* Goat Chat at www.goatworld.com this
coming Tuesday evening our regular time: 5-7 PM Pacific Time. This
chat we will be discussing the unveiling of NAIS regulations: as they
pertain to you, your property, and raising of everything from livestock
THE USDA PLANS TO MAKE EVERY OWNER OF EVEN ONE HORSE, COW, PIG, GOAT,
SHEEP, CHICKEN, OR PIGEON REGISTER IN A GOVERNMENT DATABASE AND SUBJECT
THEIR PROPERTY AND ANIMALS TO CONSTANT FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT
Under the present USDA plan, as of January 1, 2006:
EVERY HOMEOWNER with any animals must obtain a 7-digit USDA ID number
keyed to Global Positioning System satellite surveillance coordinates,
with all the property and owner information permanently stored in a
*Already done, you have been issued a premise ID and your property has
been satellite shot for your "potential".
EVERY ANIMAL must be tagged with a Radio Frequency tag or chip,
readable at a distance, with a 15-digit USDA ID number, possible retina
scan, and or DNA sample.
*We are in Phase II. Within the next 2 years everything must be
THE OWNER MUST REPORT, within 24 hours, every sale or purchase of an
animal, every death or slaughter, every missing animal, every placement
or loss of an ID tag, and every time an animal leaves or returns to the
*Includes if you have any animal or person visiting your home you
must: get their ID, name, address, phone, they must change their
clothes and you must keep records in case someone gets sick from
visiting your house, even the flu. It must be reported, every instance.
THIS PLAN WILL DRIVE SMALL FARMERS OUT OF BUSINESS AND WILL PREVENT
CITIZENS FROM RAISING ANIMALS FOR FOOD OR PLEASURE.
You can read the USDA "Draft Program Standards" and "Draft Strategic
Plan" at usda.gov/nais.
This lively chat will cover topics such as:
Are your goats and chickens terrorists?
What information exactly am I required to submit to authorities in regard to my Premise ID? You have been issued a premise ID, know it or not.
What is the NAIS? What is the rationale behind this program?
Is an animal identification system needed?
What are the regulations in place that I would have to follow?
What forms of animal identification are acceptable?
What if I already have my animal "identified"?
Are there exemptions?
How will my property rights be affected?
Who pays for this new system? Any new taxes?
What is commingling?
What records must be kept?
Is this program mandatory? Can I just continue the way I am?
Who holds the database records?
Where can I go to get more information on this plan or related topics?
What can I do?
The lofty goal of this chat is education on this plan and it's effects
on your constitutional rights and maybe even your life.
Feel free to invite others you know who may be interested."
Here is a link that might be useful: NAIS Draft Program Standards