$14.3 Million Available for Premises Registration
June 24, 2005
June 24, 2005 -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns this week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be accepting funding applications from state and tribal governments to continue registering premises for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Approximately $14.3 million will be available.
In 2004, USDA?s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and its state, tribal and industry partners began implementing a national system that will help trace diseased or potentially diseased animals to their point of origin more quickly and efficiently. Identifying premises - or locations that manage or hold animals - is the first step toward creating the tracking system.
Currently 47 states and 5 tribes have approved premises registration systems. APHIS anticipates that all 50 states will be on board by July 2005.
Funding application packages will be posted on www.grants.gov. The application deadline is July 25.