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Farmers: Make animal ID voluntary

by 5m Editor
29 August 2006, at 9:46am

MISSOURI - Even those who have different ideas on what provisions a new farm bill should contain were unified about one issue Monday at a House Agriculture Committee field hearing in Springfield.

Nobody wants to see mandatory animal identification --not the witnesses invited to testify about the 2007 Farm Bill and not the folks taking time off from their farms to attend the session in the E-Plex at the Missouri Entertainment and Events Center.

Ava meat goat farmers Morrie and Carol Wash are among those fearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Identification System could threaten their livelihoods.

"We figure that's going to be so much intrusion, so much expense, it's going to push out a lot of small farmers," Carol Wash said. The program so far has been voluntary

Source: Springfield News-Leader

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