In keeping with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's effort to identify the obstacles to the national animal identification program and to get things  moving, a series of lessoning sessions have begun. Now, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has released the sites for six more meetings. They will take place as follows:

  • June 9 in Jefferson City, Mo.
  • June 11 in Rapid City, S.D.
  • June 16 in Albuquerque, N.M
  • June 18 in Riverside, Calif.
  • June 25 in Raleigh, N.C.
  • June 27 in Jasper, Fla. 

All of the meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at  4 p.m. The sessions are  designed to discuss stakeholder concerns related to the implementation of USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System.

Pre-registration is not required to attend the meetings, but participants are asked to register by e-mailing or calling (301) 734-0799. In the e-mail subject line, present your name (or organization's name) and the location of the meeting you plan to attend. If you want to present comments at the meeting, you should include your name (or organization's name) and address in the message body.

If you would prefer to submit comments electronically, click here. You also may review other people's comments there.

Source: USDA