National Animal Identification System (NAIS) – tracking farmer’s animals

(FULL RE-EDIT OF MY ORIGINAL POST) I am appalled at the speed at which our freedoms are being eroded! This re-blogged article asks why the EPA would be spying on farmers and livestock growers, but has no answers.

I do.

Check out this link to an article from about 2005-2006 (http://www.dairygoatjournal.com/issues/84/84-2/Nathan_Griffith.html). It starts this way:

“If you grow animal or vegetable crops, imagine the following scenarios:

Being subject to searches, seizures and arrests, without a warrant, at any hour of the day or night.

Having all of your records of farm transactions, crop transports, and other farm dealings declared public information (open to special interest groups and even placed on the internet) by a federal court.

Being monitored by federal agencies (or even by special interest groups) via satellite surveillance or radio-frequency ID chips.

Federal forms having to be filed for every truck full of hay you buy, stating among other things the field it came from, the names and whereabouts of the driver and the people who loaded and unloaded it .- Reported by AgClips (Feb 25-Mar 3), “The weekly e-newsletter of the regional offices of The Council of State Governments.”

All this (and more) will be expedited by the new National Animal Identification System (NAIS). It will help the government keep an eye on all growers, animals, and crops used for feed…”

Want more details? Go read the rest. If anyone knows its current form and status, like  just how much of this program is officially approved, it would save time, but it looks like they are already using drones for identification and counting (See para 4 under “When Will it Start?”). Big Brother is watching.

Town & Country Gardening

Lawmakers question EPA’s aerial livestock surveillance

Obama administrations EPA Is Spying On Farmers And Livestock Growers. A bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers is pressing EPA Director Lisa Jackson to answer questions about privacy issues and other concerns after the agency used aerial surveillance to monitor livestock operations.

This practice has resulted in privacy concerns among our constituents and raises several questions,” says the letter signed by Republican Reps. Adrian Smith, Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson and GOP Sen. Mike Johanns.

Rep. Adrian Smith, co-chairman of the Modern Agriculture Caucus and the Congressional Rural Caucus, said the operations in many cases are near homes so “landowners deserve legitimate justification given the sensitivity of the information gathered by the flyovers.”

The letter asks nearly 2 dozen questions including why the inspections are being conducted, how many flights have occurred and whether they have…

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