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Burden versus Boon

by 5m Editor
20 September 2006, at 1:25pm

MISSOURI - A proposed federal animal identification system may seem as simple as piercing a sow's ear, but some area farmers and legislators say it would provide unnecessary safeguards and place undue burdens on the agriculture industry.

Proponents say the program would safeguard U.S. animal -- and potentially human -- health. But opponents such as U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Missouri, and U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Cape Girardeau, say the plan oversteps government's role and could become overly burdensome on an already taxed agriculture industry.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture "has spent $100 million on trying to do this program," Emerson said Tuesday from Washington, D.C. "They've been working on it for two or three years. And if they can't do this program and protect confidentiality, liability and affordability, then they shouldn't do it at all."

Source: seMissourian News

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