[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 117 (Friday, June 19, 2009)]
[Pages 29164-29165]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-14481]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0027]

National Animal Identification System; Public Meeting

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of an addition to the 
schedule of upcoming meetings to discuss stakeholder concerns related 
to the implementation of the National Animal Identification System. The 
additional meeting is being organized by the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service.

DATES: The meeting will be held on June 30, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites 
Omaha--La Vista Hotel & Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway, La 
Vista, NE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Adam Grow, Director, Surveillance 
and Identification Programs, National Center for Animal Health 
Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 200, Riverdale, MD 20737; 
(301) 734-3752.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As part of its ongoing efforts to safeguard 
animal health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiated 
implementation of a National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in 
2004. The NAIS is a cooperative State-Federal-industry program 
administered by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS). The purpose of the NAIS is to provide a streamlined 
information system that will help producers and animal health officials 
respond quickly and effectively to animal disease events in the United 
    The ultimate long-term goal of the NAIS is to provide State and 
Federal officials with the capability to identify all animals and 
premises that have had direct contact with a disease of concern within 
48 hours after discovery. Meeting that goal requires a comprehensive 
animal-disease traceability infrastructure. An NAIS User Guide and a 
Business Plan, both available on our Web site at http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/animal_id/index.shtml, provide detailed 
information about our plans for implementing the system.
    Despite concerted efforts, APHIS has not been able to fully 
implement the NAIS. Many of the same issues that producers originally 
had with the system, such as the cost and impact on small farmers, 
privacy and confidentiality, and liability, continue to cause concern.
    In order to provide individuals and organizations an opportunity to 
discuss their concerns regarding the NAIS and offer potential 
solutions, we have held several public meetings and plan to hold 
several more, and we are soliciting comments via our Web site. This 
notice is to inform the public that we are

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adding a meeting to the schedule. The additional meeting will be held 
on June 30, 2009, in Omaha, NE.
    Our goal is to gather feedback and input from a wide range of 
stakeholders to assist us in making an informed decision regarding both 
the future of the NAIS and the objectives and direction for animal 
identification and traceability. We would particularly welcome feedback 
on the following topics:
     Cost. What are your concerns about the cost of the NAIS? 
What steps would you suggest APHIS use to address cost?
     Impact on small farmers. What are your concerns about the 
effect of the NAIS on small farmers? What approaches would you suggest 
APHIS take to address the potential impact on small farmers?
     Privacy and confidentiality. What are your concerns 
regarding how the NAIS will affect your operation's privacy and/or the 
confidentiality of your operation? What steps or tactics would you 
suggest APHIS use to address privacy and confidentiality issues?
     Liability. What are your concerns about your operation's 
liability under the NAIS? What would you suggest APHIS consider to 
address liability concerns?
     Premises registration. Do you have any suggestions on how 
to make premises registration, or the identification of farm or ranch 
locations, easier for stakeholders? How should we address your concerns 
regarding premises registration?
     Animal identification. Do you have any suggestions on how 
to make animal identification practical and useful to stakeholders 
while simultaneously meeting the needs of animal health officials who 
must conduct disease tracebacks?
     Animal tracing. Do you have any suggestions on how to make 
the animal tracing component practical, in particular the reporting of 
animal movements to other premises, while meeting the needs of animal 
health officials who must conduct disease tracebacks?
    The meeting schedule is tentative as of the date of this 
publication. Please check our Web site at http://www.usda.gov/nais/feedback for the most up-to-date meeting information. The list of 
discussion topics is also available on the Web site. On-site 
registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the day of each meeting. All 
persons attending must register prior to the meetings.
    Although preregistration is not required, participants are asked to 
preregister by sending APHIS an e-mail at [email protected] 
or calling 301-734-0799. In the subject line of the e-mail, indicate 
your name (or organization name) and the location of the meeting you 
plan to attend. If you wish to present comments during one of the 
meetings, please include your name (or organization name) and address 
in the body of the message. Members of the public who are not able to 
attend may also submit and view comments via the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0027. Additional information 
regarding the meetings may be obtained from the person listed under FOR 

    Done in Washington, DC, this 16th day of June 2009.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. E9-14481 Filed 6-18-09; 8:45 am]