Congressmen Speak Out
     
MEMBERSHIP FORM and PETITION

USDA HANDBOOK addresses Farmers as Uneducated

What is DEPOPULATION?

Points For Opposing Animal ID

Export Myths and Fairytales

NASS Survey Information

ARAPA Statement to the Senate Ag Committee

Codex Alimentarius

FORCED NAIS

Sound Science Killing Us

What Can I Do?

2006 ARKANSAS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH USDA

What are the vets saying?

BREAKING NEWS

Congressmen Speak Out

International Entanglements

What is COOL?

Mad Cow Madness

CONTACT US

By-Laws

2007 ARKANSAS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH USDA

Important Links

ARKANSAS ANIMAL PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

Photos From Conway Meeting

FREEDOM TO FARM ACT UPDATES

ALERTS

Corporate Hostile Takeover

What About The Amish?

CONSTITUTION RULES

How do Packers fit in?

The Real Reason for Animal ID

AUSSIE ANIMAL ID IMPACT STUDY

Endangered Property Rights

Organic & Grassfed Growers Also Affected

DATABASES - How Safe Are They?

Wake Up, Farmers!

USDA/APHIS NAIS DOCUMENTS

CAPTIVE ANIMAL FACTORY FARMING

Technology Behind NAIS

AUSSIE RANCHER SPEAKS OUT

NIAA Conference Reports

Pushing Us Off Our Farms

Ag Lawyer Responds to the NAIS

NAIS SUMMARY

INDUSTRIALIZED FARMING

Uncle Sam Wants YOUR Animals!

HORSE TIMELINE FOR NAIS INCLUSION

NAIS DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN

What is REAL ID?

"CREATIVE" SIGN-UPS BY THE GOVERNMENT

Animal ID Problems in Other Countries

Farm Bureau Connection

NAIS Threatens Rare Breeds

RFID Tags - Good, Bad & Ugly

R-CALF USA Fights NAIS

Retired Army Colonel Rebuts NAIS

Equine Species Working Group Contacts

BRUCE KNIGHT'S SPEECH

INFO ON USDA'S NEW "USER'S GUIDE"

SCRAPIE ID for Goats/Sheep & the NAIS

NAIS ID Terminology

GETTING OUT OF THE NAIS

The PLUM ISLAND CONNECTION

The Plan is AGENDA 21

4-H, FFA Targeted at Fairs

MICROCHIPS Cause CANCER

Leon's Story - Chipped Dog Died From Cancer

TRACKING ROGUE CHICKENS

Protection From Terrorist Livestock

NAIS NEWS in OTHER STATES

Truth about FOOD CONTAMINATION

TRUTH about Foot & Mouth Vaccines

MICROCHIP PROBLEMS IN DUTCH HORSES

What is DELPHI TECHNIQUE

NEW INFORMATION ON EQUINES

2005 ARKANSAS COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT WITH USDA/APHIS

CONTACT GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEMBERS FOR ARKANSAS

Bird Flu Fowl Play

USDA, INCORPORATED

ECONOMIC IMPACT ON HORSE OWNERS

 
Congressman Says, Stop the National Animal ID System!

Ron Paul, May 29, 2006

The House of Representatives recently passed funding for a new federal mandate that threatens to put thousands of small farmers and ranchers out of business. The National Animal Identification System, known as NAIS, is an expensive and unnecessary federal program that requires owners of livestock-- cattle, dairy, poultry, and even horses-- to tag animals with electronic tracking devices. The intrusive monitoring system amounts to nothing more than a tax on livestock owners, allowing the federal government access to detailed information about their private property.

In typical Washington-speak, NAIS is "voluntary"--provided USDA bureaucrats are satisfied with the level of cooperation. Trust me, NAIS will be mandatory within a few years. When was the last time a new federal program did not expand once implemented?

As usual, Congress is spending millions of dollars creating a complex non-solution to a very simple problem. NAIS will cost taxpayers at least $33 million for starters.

Agribusiness giants support NAIS, because they want the federal government to create a livestock database and provide free industry data. But small and independent livestock owners face a costly mandate if NAIS becomes law.

Larger livestock operations will be able to tag whole groups of animals with one ID device. Smaller ranchers and farmers, however, will be forced to tag each individual animal, at a cost of anywhere from $3 to $20 per head. And NAIS applies to anyone with a single horse, pig, chicken, or goat in the backyard--no exceptions. NAIS applies to children in 4-H or FFA. Once NAIS becomes mandatory, any failure to report and tag an animal subjects the owner to $1,000 per day fines.

NAIS also forces livestock owners to comply with new paperwork and monitoring regulations. These farmers and ranchers literally will be paying for an assault on their property and privacy rights, as NAIS empowers federal agents to enter and seize property without a warrant-- a blatant violation of the 4th amendment.

NAIS is not about preventing mad cow or other diseases. States already have animal identification systems in place, and virtually all stockyards issue health certificates. Since most contamination happens after animals have been sold, tracing them back to the farm or ranch that sold them won’t help find the sources of disease.

More than anything, NAIS places our family farmers and ranchers at an economic disadvantage against agribusiness and overseas competition. As dairy farmer and rancher Bob Parker stated, NAIS is "too intrusive, too costly, and will be devastating to small farmers and ranchers."

NAIS means more government, more regulations, more fees, more federal spending, less privacy, and diminished property rights. It’s exactly the kind of federal program every conservative, civil libertarian, animal lover, businessman, farmer, and rancher should oppose. The House has already acted, but there’s still time to tell the Senate to dump NAIS. Please call your Senators and tell them you oppose spending even one dime on the NAIS program in the 2007 agriculture appropriations bill.

Congressman Ron Paul, a Republican, represents the 14th Congressional District of Texas, which encompasses the Gulf Coast region south and west of Houston.

http://www.truthnews.net/world/2006050031.htm

May 23, 2006

Speech Against NAIS

Rfid_1_3 Below are remarks that were made last night by Congressman John Duncan (Tenn.) on the House floor in support of Congressman Ron Paul's (Texas) amendment to stop the National Animal Identification System or NAIS...

Mr. Speaker:

    I rise in strong support today of the gentleman's amendment in opposition to the National Animal Identification System.
    Two Tennessee legislators who also represent parts of my District, State Representative Frank Niceley and my own State Senator Tim Burchett, have introduced a bill to prohibit the use of state funds to implement this program in Tennessee.
    As Rep. Niceley told the Knoxville News Sentinel, "I think this thing had more to do with the selling of chips than anything else."
    He said:  "I just get tired of businesses going to Washington and selling their business plan up there and getting rich off the public."
    The people pushing this are international and national bureaucrats, who want more power and control, their academic supporters, and especially a very few agri-giant businesses.
    Small and medium-sized farmers don't want it.

    Ron Freeman, a fifth generation cattleman said, "NAIS will not prevent or control disease.  Instead it will allow the government and big business to control our food supply and intrude into the lives of every farmer and rancher."
    Judith McGeary, a Texas lawyer, described the program as "one of the most far-reaching acts of surveillance of the most wholesome activities of U.S. citizens.  Children with 4-H pet goats, senior citizens raising food for themselves, friends going on trail rides, would all be forced to endure the warrant less government surveillance."
    If this isn't Big Brother government, I don't know what is.
    This system isn't traditional conservatism.
    Costs of new programs such as this are always low-balled on the front end.
    The President of the Australian Cattlemen's Association called this program "the single worst thing to ever hit the farming industry in Australia."
    He said they were promised it would only cost $3 a head but costs were already running $37 a head, counting cost of scanners and various indirect costs.
    A family in Roane County, Tennessee, Everett Phillips had only eight beef cattle, a milk cow, some chickens and a few barnyard animals.  Add up the cost, inconvenient federal bureaucracy and privacy concerns, and "it's going to hurt the farmer."
    He said he'd consider selling out and moving to Argentina.
    If this is still a free country we should at least make the program voluntary instead of mandatory.

http://www.moreliberty.org/more_liberty/2006/05/speech_against_.html



"I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always takes sides. Remaining neutral helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

Elie Weisel

 

CONGRESSMAN WRITES TO PRESIDENT BUSH

Subj: Letter from Rep. Kirk Pearson to President George Bush 
Date: 4/22/2006 11:40:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time 


STATE REPRESENTATIVE 39th DISTRICT
KlRK PEARSON

State of Washington House of Representatives

APPROPRIATIONS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONS RANKING MEMBER

SELECT COMMITTEE -:ON HOOD CANAL RANKING MEMBER

April 18,2006
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington D.C. 20500

Dear President Bush:

I am writing you regarding the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) which I believe to be an unnecessary and burdensome increase in the size and role of the Federal Government.

Suppliers of beef, pork, lamb, and poultry often buy their animals from small farmers, farmers who work hard to raise healthy marketable animals.


Agribusiness suppliers are of course free to buy or not buy from any farmer. Here, at the point where an animal enters the food chain, is where responsibility, security, and regulatory control should be focused. Not on the already overburdened small farmer. 

This issue was first brought to my attention by two of my constituents, Celeste Bishop and Pat Showalter. Both Pat and Celeste raise small numbers of Kinder Goats for personal enjoyment. It is impossible to see how forcing them, and others like them, to comply with the NAIS will protect food safety in our nation.

It is my request that you order the United States Department of Agriculture to forgo implementation of the NAIS program, or alternatively, to delay the issuance of any rules related to NAIS to give our nation's small farmers more opportunity to learn about the NAIS program, and to comment upon it.

LEGISLATIVE OFFICE:
416 JOHN L. O'BRIEN BUILDING,
PO BOX 40600,
OLYMPIA, WA 98504-0600

MISSOURI: McCASKILL OPPOSES FEDERAL CONTROL OF FEED OPERATIONS

By Doug Wilson     Friday, July 7, 2006

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

PALMYRA, Mo. — Claire McCaskill wants to make sure farmers and local communities don't get pushed around by big corporations.

McCaskill, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, favors local control of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and opposes mandatory national animal identification.

During a stop at F&T Livestock Market on Thursday afternoon, McCaskill said CAFO owners want the federal government to set up guidelines for big feed operations. That would effectively remove local control over factory farms.

"I promise to be on the side of Missouri family farms and ranchers, fighting for local control and making agriculture markets more fair, so they have tools to compete," McCaskill said.

Rep. Wes Shoemyer, D-Clarence, accompanied McCaskill at stops in Kirksville and Palmyra. A farmer and state Senate candidate, Shoemyer said corporate animal operations need to be scrutinized by local people and not distant bureaucrats.

"One size does not fit all," Shoemyer said.

McCaskill also opposes the National Animal Identification System, which would require farmers to participate in a tracking system for most livestock by 2009. She said the system places all the cost on farmers and gives packers, buyers and middlemen a chance to divert responsibility for disease outbreaks by pointing back to the initial producers.

"A mandatory animal ID program is unnecessary and would be an incredible financial burden on our local farmers," McCaskill said.

Russ Kramer, president of the Missouri Farmers Union, showed how large companies have captured 85 percent control of the nation's beef market. He said this consolidation of power is destroying the fabric of rural America.

Kramer is concerned that the 2007 Farm Bill will set policies that decide the future of agriculture.

"We're at a crossroads. The new farm bill will either be a funeral for the family farm or a revolution and a renaissance," Kramer said.

McCaskill wants to enforce a country of origin labeling system that lets consumers know where meat originates.

McCaskill is challenging U.S. Sen. Jim Talent in the November election. She countered claims that she opposes Ethanol production.

"What I said was that I would have voted against the energy bill last year ... because it gave Exxon $14 billion in our money. I was for ethanol before ethanol was cool," McCaskill said.


Contact Senior Writer Doug Wilson at dwilson@whig.com or (217) 221-3372


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