Farmers, Ranchers and Consumers Fight USDA Animal ID Scheme

Farmers, ranchers and consumers view an agribusiness-friendly animal ID program as a threat to free commerce.

| Juny 7, 2012

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    The USDA is pushing ahead with a controversial animal ID program, a program which many farmers, ranchers and consumers believe will be harmful to small businesses and farmers.

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The following article is posted with permission from the Cornucopia Institute.

A coalition of agriculture and consumer organizations from across the nation is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to push ahead with a complicated and expensive Animal ID program.  The organizations sent a joint letter to the Congressional Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week arguing that the rule should be sent back to the USDA because of the impacts it will have on family farmers, ranchers, related businesses, and other citizens who own animals. 

The letter cites research from North Dakota State University which estimated the costs for cattle as more than five times greater per animal than the USDA’s estimate, potentially creating costs of over a billion dollars per year.

The letter from the coalition also points out that USDA "arbitrarily assumed that only 30 million cattle" would be subject to the new regulatory requirements, even though this assumption was "contradicted by the publicly available data on the cattle industry." 

By underestimating both the number of animals affected and the cost per animal, the USDA estimated the fiscal impacts at under $100 million, claiming that the rule is not "economically significant" and placing it on the fast-track to be finalized after review by the OMB, which serves as the fiscal review agency for all regulatory matters. 

"The USDA has not done their due diligence investigating the true fiscal impact this will have on the livestock industry," said Mark A. Kastel, Senior Farm Policy Analyst at The Cornucopia Institute.  "Our concern is that the economic burden of this rulemaking, some of which is duplicative of many effective disease control programs currently utilized, will fall unfairly on family-scale farmers and ranchers."

2/14/2014 5:54:12 AM

Agriculture and the animal are related to each other that adding some effects in the society as well as the in the farming sector. The farmers mostly like to do farming and some time they are investing money behind the animals in their health care. And considering about the different social jobs the people now day like to do animal farming because it is also a nice business. But in this business you need to be in contact with so that whenever needed you can take their help.

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