The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a partnership Wednesday with the U.S. Animal Identification Organization to register more than 100,000 new premises as a result of livestock producers learning more about the animal health and economic benefits of the National Animal Identification System.
"This agreement recognizes the relationship among USAIO partners in the livestock industry to build upon the growing support for the NAIS program," says Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA's marketing and regulatory programs. "NAIS provides a system that will shorten response times in the event of an animal disease outbreak, to further strengthen our reputation as the safest animal health system in the world."
The USAIO is a nonprofit organization of livestock producer groups that works with the animal agriculture industry to advance NAIS. Under this agreement, USAIO will focus a comprehensive outreach program about the important advantages of participation in NAIS to accomplish a significant increase in premises registrations nationwide.