October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) this week announced that 487,670 of the estimated 1.4 million premises in the United States are registered as part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Producers registered more than 50,000 premises so far in 2008 and 13 states now have at least 50 percent of their total estimated production premises registered through NAIS. The latest state to go over 50-percent premises registration is Iowa.
The 13 states that have topped the 50 percent mark are Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Illinois is very close to the 50-percent mark, with 48.3 percent of its estimated 30,046 premises registered.
To find out more about NAIS, go to www.usda.gov/NAIS