Starting a Family Farm in Vermont

Big Brother is Watching Small Farms
May 1, 2006, 8:31 am
Filed under: Issues

National Animal Identification System (NAIS)—-
What is it? How does it affect me? What can be done?
NAIS is a new federal program that is currently a hot topic among both small and large scale farmers alike. It is a national program designed to identify and track livestock animals with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), as well as, with GPS. Poultry, horses, cattle, goats and sheep will be tracked and monitored in order to prevent wide spread disease outbreaks. Sounds ok? No! Every farm or household is required to register with government agencies even if you only have one animal. Do we, as Americans need to be subjected to the government monitoring like this?
Our family is new to the world of small scale, family farming. We have been blessed throughout the years which affords us the opportunity to start up. NAIS will absolutely make it much more difficult for the small scale farmers to not only enter the space, but to stay where they belong!
Walter Jeffries of Sugar Mountain Farm has put so much time and effort into squashing NAIS. Here is the link with much more important information on NAIS