Identification Funding Drive Launched

The Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that it is accepting funding applications from state governments to support its initial funding of $11.64 million for a livestock identification system.

“A national animal identification (ID) program will better equip the government and industry with the means necessary to quickly control a variety of animal disease outbreaks and reduce the economic impacts on the market,” says Ron DeHaven, APHIS administrator.

In April, more than $18 million was transferred from USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation to APHIS to begin implementing a national ID system. Of this total, about $11 million will be provided for premises ID.

Deadline for applications is July 15. Funding applications are available on the APHIS Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mrpbs/fmd/agreements_announcements.html.