National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
Another issue of importance to our members is USDA’s proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Not only has USDA not outlined cost estimates for producers, but they also have not listened to ranchers’ concerns about liability and privacy. Our members are worried that private information from the NAIS database will be accessible to the packing industry, who will use it to further manipulate the market. Furthermore, USDA has not clarified that ranchers will not be held responsible for packing plant food safety incidents. Another problem with the NAIS is that it will not give consumers any more information about their food; people still will not know where the meat on their dinner table came from.
Dakota Rural Action has actively been involved in policy work on this issue at the state level and cooperating with other organizations to impact the federal level.
For more information contact Stephanie Trask at 605.697.5204.