This just in . . .
More criminal charges have been filed in the NAIS watch state of Wisconsin for not registering their farms under NAIS premise identification. Legal documents have been provided to the Journal today by Paul Greigentrog of SK Farms. These documents will be provided to our readers soon. Paul is also facing charges. He is a friend and a lay legal advisor to Immanuel Miller, the Amish man who was in court in December for the same crime. More crackdowns are expected in Wisconsin.
This just in from The Weston A. Price Foundation:
The issue of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is heating up in both Congress and the USDA. Below are two important actions alerts explain how you can help protect your right to farm and our food supply!
SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THE USDA BEFORE MARCH 16
The USDA has proposed a rule to require all farms and ranches where animals are raised to be registered in a federal database under the NAIS for existing disease control programs. The draft rule covers programs for cattle, goats, sheep, and swine. It also sets the stage for mandatory NAIS animal identification in the future.
It is CRITICAL that the USDA and Congress hear from the hundreds of thousands of people who will be adversely affected by the NAIS program. This includes not only animal owners, but also consumers who care about local and sustainable foods, taxpayers who object to wasteful government programs, and advocates for a safer food system.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Continue reading
Wisconsin farmer Paul-Martin Griepentrog, feeding alot of families in his area healthy food, was served a complaint for refusing to “sign up” for the NAIS premise number. He had helped an Amish man who was in court last month for the same thing. There will be more on this story later.
Once again Linn Cohen-Cole is on top of the farm enforcement news. Here is an excerpt from her article today:
Paul-Martin Griepentrog’s 150-acre family farm includes 60 Ile de France ewes, 40 Limousin cattle and free ranging yard chickens, peacocks and goats. He cultivates about two acres of vegetables grown naturally, the old-fashioned way. He has sold his produce at markets across the state.
By Paul-Martin Griepentrog
Well, it’s Monday night and I’ve had another long day on the farm. Seems the weather forecaster got things wrong again, with pre
dictions of light scattered frost that turned into a hard freeze. That’s farming for you.
You see, I’m the invisible spirit behind the Shady Knoll Farm’s stand at the Hodag Farmers Market. If I’m not farming, I spend my time advocating for the interests of small farmers.
There is a world of difference between the concerns of small, family farms like mine and large corporate operations, and yet the public and the government often lump us together or even worse: place additional restrictions, making my personal, hands-on business very difficult.
You may have heard about “traceability” lately in the news and how this will help with everything from disease control, to salmonella in tomatoes (or was it peppers, or was it cilantro)?
Read Paul’s full article today:
This just in to the Journal . . . USDA has now proposed rules to make animal IDs (NAIS) mandatory. I must credit Farmer Jack down the road near Hartville, Ohio for calling and alerting the Journal to the news yesterday. (I don’t know how he knew this so quickly, since he has no voice mail or computer). Readers would do well by viewing the startling 8-minute No NAIS video also posted here at the Journal, But now, the news . . .
Legal defense fund calls for Obama Administration to end USDA Animal ID rule
Jan. 22, 2009
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund called on the new administration to permanently halt a USDA proposed rule that would effectively mandate the implementation of the first two stages of the National Animal Identification System for thousands of Americans.
The proposed rule, entitled the “Official Animal Identification Numbering Systems,” was published by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in the Federal Register Jan. 13. On Tuesday, the Obama administration ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulation until they can be reviewed.
“The APHIS regulation is further evidence of the department’s unrelenting effort to make a so-called voluntary program mandatory, and it should be permanently stopped by the new administration,” said acting Fund president Pete Kennedy. Continue reading
No NAIS: Leave My Chickens Behind
NAIS. Some have called it The Mark of the Beast. The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund filed an intent to sue the State of Michigan and USDA for harrassing the Amish into using NAIS. This month an Amish man in Wisconsin was in court for refusing to apply for a NAIS Premise ID number.
This is a newly released, 8-minute video on the National Animal ID System (NAIS) from Liberty Ark Coalition. This is the finest No NAIS video explanation I have seen to date and I have been tracking this issue for over 4 years. In addition, I have known of and enjoyed Dr. Michael Coffman, the producer of the video, for 10 years. He has one of the finest indepth points of view on environmental issues, property/water rights and the UN Agenda 21 I have known– with a biblical/spiritual perspective that pieces the puzzle all together.
On the steering committee for the Coalition is Karin Bergener, M.S., J.D., PMP, is an attorney and business person from Northeast Ohio. She has worked as a therapist, mediator, arbitrator, lawyer, and now information technology contract manager. She raises chickens and ducks and owns a horse.
Take the time now to view the short NAIS video from Liberty Ark Coalition. This is the video to show at your meetings throughout the U.S.