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GO Bill on this issue! NCBA is in way over their head on this deal!! :roll:



USDA endorses privatized ID system
September 5, 2005

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns dealt a decisive blow to R-CALF United Stockgrowers Association (R-CALF) and other opponents of a private National Animal Identification System (NAIS) last week.
During an Aug. 30 press conference, Johanns, under enormous pressure from producer groups and government officials, announced “guiding principles” for the development of a public/private partnership which will create a privatized animal movement database as part of USDA’s efforts to initiate a multi-species ID program.
“We are eager to work closely with industry as they develop and maintain databases that contain animal movement information. After hearing the confidentiality concerns of producers, we envision a system that allows these databases to feed a single, privately held animal tracking repository that we can access,” said Johanns. During his briefing, Johanns announced USDA will hold stakeholder meetings this fall to discuss the NAIS traceback system in greater detail.
Representatives from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) have been pressing government officials for the past several months since announcing the development of a NAIS partnership which would allow the NCBA to administer the program in concert with private industry partners such as Microsoft. Although Johanns stopped short of endorsing a specific product, saying the agency is not favoring any one program over another, NCBA officials released a statement soon after the press conference heralding the announcement.
Mike John, NCBA president elect said, “For some time now, NCBA has led the effort to put in place a private sector, multi-species ID program for livestock. NCBA believes protection of the producer’s rights and confidentiality is a top priority, and the industry is best equipped to do this. Under this private-sector system, animal health authorities will be able to receive information for appropriate animal health concerns, but the data will remain the property of the individual and managed by a nonprofit multi-species consortium to maintain confidentiality.”
Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, which has been lobbying with USDA for the development of a government controlled NAIS system, expressed his group’s disappointment with last week’s announcement.
“We believe USDA is headed down the wrong course by placing an important animal health matter in the hands of private for-profit organizations; this matter is consistent with the responsibilities of animal health officials,” said Bullard.
Bullard vowed to continue working with USDA and Congress to alter the current path. “It concerns us greatly that USDA is looking at an organization which has significant political motives and aspirations to control the system,” he said.
National Farmer’s Union president Dave Frederickson was also quick to condemn the announcement saying, “I am greatly disappointed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it plans to allow private entities to collect and maintain producer information in a National Animal Identification System. Our membership has repeatedly stated its call for the database to be maintained within the public agency domain. Private control of producer information creates an inherent risk to producers that private and/or proprietary information could be divulged in a manner that could be detrimental to producers, firms and the marketplace.” Frederickson also invoked the name of Congress as a means to change the decision.
U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chair, Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, may have a different take on the matter. In a statement released just hours after the press conference, Goodlatte praised USDA’s decision to move in the direction of a public/private partnership. “I applaud the Secretary for recognizing the value of including the livestock industry in its development. It is critical that we have real cooperation between the public and private sectors and I am pleased that the Secretary is moving in this direction,” said Goodlatte.
Longtime proponents of a privatized system, seven members of the House Agriculture Committee, including Goodlatte, sent a letter to Johanns urging USDA to consider a private system and criticizing the agency for failing to study other countries’ successful implementation of privatized systems. “I have advocated a private sector solution for our nation’s animal identification challenge for some time now. Producers I talk to about animal ID, both in my district and across the nation, understand the value of implementing an ID system. At the same time, they worry about the costs and regulatory burdens of a government approach. By harnessing the innovation and efficiency of the private sector, we can achieve success quickly, inexpensively and without excessive government control,” said Goodlatte.
Although full implementation of a mandatory NAIS system is not scheduled to go into effect until 2009, the move toward a privatized system could allow it to happen much sooner, according to USDA.
If the agency endorses the system proposed by NCBA, which was designed to fulfill the guidelines set out by USDA, that system is expected to be fully operational sometime next year. — John Robinson, WLJ Associate Editor



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NCBA and a World Wide accounting firm(30 plus countries) Bearing Point will be building the Livestock or NCBA database which in reality is hiring it out to some other non livestock computer wizzes.Wonder which guy knows a Free Martin from a cow jockey or a bullock or shoat?????????

Ah ,Them NCBA members got deep Pockets for nonsense and will share data with AC Nielson and AgINFO LINK by Datamining everybody in their database!
 

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This is not true privatizing.

This is just government by proxy.

It's a way around the Hatch Act of 1939, too.
 
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Quote: "Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, which has been lobbying with USDA for the development of a government controlled NAIS system, expressed his group’s disappointment with last week’s announcement."

The hypocrites reveal their hypocrisy again.

Who has been more critical of USDA than the R-CULTers and now they want USDA to administer an animal ID program over private entities.

Unbelievable!

This is the same USDA that Bullard said DOES NOT CARE ABOUT FOOD SAFETY!

What a damn hypocrite!

"PLEASE GOVERNMENT, SAVE US FROM OURSELVES AGAIN"

"Liberals"!


~SH~
 

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What do you bet that it is RCALF, when Europe gets their full system in place, that yells, "BARRIER to TRADE"!

"the European Union is using identification and food safety as a trade barrier, they are a protectionist organization!." said RCALF's grand pumba. "We believe the consumer should have the choice of buying implanted or organic, and we are going to do everything in our power to represent the grass-roots producer!"

"well yes, said McDonnell, we as producers have always had the right to produce our product as "hormone free, fully identifiable, but with record prices, the last few years, we have been fighting the non-protectionist motives of the USDA.

"How much have we spent?, Well, I expect if we spent on promotion as much as we've spent on lawyers fees, or if we had spent it on producer run products, we'd be much further ahead, but that's not what we do here at RCALF. We find problems, and bitch about them as long as the day is long,it's not our job to find or pay for solutions, that's the governments mandate."

"But we have really slowed those Canadian imports, I hear they have even increased production and have been setting themselves up as World beef exporters, instead of relying on one market, what fools, protectionism is where it is at!

" I've even heard that cardboard sales are increasing in Canada, now shouldn't the US be producing all cardboard that is used to ship beef to the US!

"You win wars with weapons, not trade, stupid Canadians. How do they think they will ever be competitive, becoming advanced and up to date with identification, slaughter plants etc. Tell them to get out of their igloos, and join the real world. !
 

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~SH~ said:
Quote: "Bill Bullard, CEO of R-CALF, which has been lobbying with USDA for the development of a government controlled NAIS system, expressed his group’s disappointment with last week’s announcement."

The hypocrites reveal their hypocrisy again.

Who has been more critical of USDA than the R-CULTers and now they want USDA to administer an animal ID program over private entities.

Unbelievable!

This is the same USDA that Bullard said DOES NOT CARE ABOUT FOOD SAFETY!

What a damn hypocrite!

"PLEASE GOVERNMENT, SAVE US FROM OURSELVES AGAIN"

"Liberals"!


~SH~

Read my previous post. The "private entity" stuff is a sham.

This is GOVERNMENT BY PROXY

The government FORCES everbody to use the SAME private entity. Government mandated monopoly--no competition.

And look over the Hatch Act (1939) implications. The USDA would be limited by it, the private entity would not.

This is like the British government saying everbody had to buy their tea from the East India Company.

And your siding with the East India Company.
 

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