USDA sets timetables for animal ID program
Apr 20, 2006 9:21 AM
By Andrew Bell
Delta Farm Press
The USDA is ratcheting up its efforts to implement a national animal identification system. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has announced that four new phases of the overall plan, initiated in 2004, have been finalized, citing increasing pressures on timelines due to global marketplace demands.
Johanns said timetables and benchmarks for the system have been established, based partly on feedback from industry producers in recent months. Foremost, Johanns said the animal tracking database technology, called the Animal Trace Processing System, is on schedule to be in place by early 2007 with a goal of achieving full producer participation by 2009.