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.
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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: