Livestock ID program funding slashed

Livestock ID program funding slashed

MARC HELLER

Washington Times

LACK OF PROGRESS: System has registered barely a third of the expected farms, spent $142m since 2004

A program to track livestock nationwide will be on life support until the U.S. Department of Agriculture improves its performance.

Congress was on the verge Wednesday of approving just $5.3 million for the National Animal Identification System, which has spent $142 million since 2004 but registered barely a third of ranches, farms and other sites that would be expected to participate.

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