State FSA is making animal ID easier

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BILL HARMON- FARM SERVICE AGENCY
The Kansas Farm Service Agency, in partnership with the Kansas Animal Health Department, is making premises identification registration easy and convenient for livestock producers across the state.

Trained FSA staff are available through county U.S. Department of Agriculture service centers to assist livestock producers with online premise registration.

This partnership with KAHD is an opportunity for FSA offices in 103 counties to assist farm and ranch customers across Kansas.

Premise registration is the first step through the Kansas Animal Identification System (KanID) to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) in Kansas.

The NAIS will help protect animal agriculture by providing livestock owners and animal health officials the infrastructure to reduce the financial and social impacts of potential animal disease outbreaks.

The initiative is a cooperative program between the state, federal government and industry and is intended to identify animal premises, individual animals, and ultimately to track movements of animals in commerce.

Livestock producers in Kansas who would like FSA assistance in obtaining a premise ID should visit their local FSA office.

Animals included in the KanID are bison, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, poultry, deer, elk, llamas, alpacas, and aquaculture.

Information necessary to register is name, address, primary and secondary contacts, telephone numbers and in some cases, the legal description of the premise where the livestock is physically located.

While Kansas FSA staff are ready to assist producers with online premise registration, specific program questions should be forwarded to Bryan Rickard, NAIS program manager, Kansas Department of Animal Health, at 785-296-2326.

Information can be obtained online at http://animalid.aphis. usda.gov/nais/index.shtml.

Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office in Marion.

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