Wayne Maloney (301) 734-7255
U.S. ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION ORGANIZATION PROMOTES NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, July 17, 2007--The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced a partnership with the U.S. Animal Identification Organization (USAIO) to register more than 100,000 new premises as a result of livestock producers learning more about the animal health and economic benefits of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
The USAIO is a nonprofit organization of livestock producer groups that works with the animal agriculture industry to provide leadership for the advancement of NAIS.
Earlier this year, USDA announced the availability of $6 million for cooperative agreements, subject to availability, to support nonprofit agricultural organizations to promote NAIS and to increase participation in premises registration.
NAIS consists of three components: premises registration, animal identification and tracing. The premises registration component of NAIS ensures the availability of a nationwide communications network to assist livestock owners and animal health officials in the event of an animal disease event. More than 404,600 premises nationwide have been registered to date.
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