usda meetings on animal id chickens, rabbits& horses too
Big Ag loves these ideas for their own liability & international meat sales but it'll be difficult for small producer/growers to comply... If you have a chance, watch "Fresh, The Movie!" Happy farming!
Liberty Ark Action Alert: USDA Anounces Two More Public Meetings on Animal Identification
Date: June 10, 2010
USDA has announced two more public meeting on its animal traceability framework:
Thursday, June 24
Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel
150 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Thursday, July 1
Holiday Inn DFW Airport South
14320 Center Station Drive
Ft. Worth, TX 76155
The meetings will take place between 8 am and 4 pm, and the meeting agenda is posted at:
The meeting agenda appears to be the same as the previous public meetings. The morning will consist of presentations by government officials, followed by breakout sessions at tables based on species groups. After the small groups have reported back to the full audience, a USDA official will respond to written questions, and there may be an opportunity at the very end for oral questions or comments.
If youÂre within traveling distance, please come and make your voice heard!
1) After the initial presentations, the participants will break out into tables based on species groups. Be prepared to be an advocate for your views and to politely disagree with the facilitator(s). If they claim that a "consensus" has been reached with an answer that you donÂt agree with, say so! At the end, when the table reports back to the whole group, speak up if the person doing the report doesnÂt cover all of the issues that were raised.
2) Plan a few written questions ahead of time. When the USDA official goes through the questions in the afternoon, if he doesnÂt actually answer your question, stand up and politely insist on an answer.