A  federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to end the National Animal Identification System.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington, D.C., wrote that the NAIS is neither a federal law nor a federal regulation. It is instead, an identification and tracking program developed by the USDA and adopted by state agriculture departments on a voluntary basis.

The lawsuit had been filed last September by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and more than a dozen farmers — mostly from Michigan. The farmers claimed that NAIS would put them out of business. The group is considering an appeal.

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