The United States Department of Agriculture at the behest of large corporate and industrial agriculture generated the National Animal Identification System and Premise Identification programs. The purpose put forth for these programs is the tracking of animal disease for herd health and human safety.
Both programs have faced huge opposition from livestock producers nationally. PRBRC's concerns include the use of NAIS as a purely reactive system which risks compromising the privacy of farm and ranch business information, the costs of computerized tracking, record keeping and compliance.
In response to strong organized opposition by PRBRC and our allies, congress took action to slash the National Animal Identification funding by half in the 2009 federal budget. On February 6, 2010 the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced that the current proposal for NAIS would be halted.