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Speak Out: Discussion Topic for December 2011

Issue Nov. 17, 2011 | November 15, 2011

After farmers raised concerns about USDAís initial proposal on a national identification system, the agency has offered a revised plan. The deadline for the comment period has been extended to Dec. 9. Ohio Farm Bureauís current policy supports a voluntary national animal identification system. It calls for uniform standards amongst states and says the plan must respond to concerns about cost, confidentiality and liability.

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In This Issue

1. Evaluate the new plan for animal traceability from a farmerís perspective. What is your opinion of the new proposal? Are there any changes that you would make?

2. Now take a look at the proposal from the standpoint of the USDA and animal health. How does the plan look from their perspective?

3. To find out more information, and to leave comments, the USDA encourages you to visit their website. What is the message you want to communicate to them?

4. From a grassroots perspective, are there any OFBF policy suggestions/changes that you would make when it comes animal traceability? If so, what are they and what would you like to see happen?

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