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Animal Identification

The National Livestock Producers Association has been very involved with the development of the National Animal Id System (NAIS) for the past few years. NLPA President Scott Stuart is currently a member of the NAIS Subcommittee and is responsible for representing the livestock markets in the development process. The best place to find current information on Animal Identification in the United States to to visit the USDA's official NAIS web site.


Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

Checkoffs

The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion And Research Board, usually referred to as the Cattlemen's Beef Board or CBB, consists of 108 members, including domestic beef, dairy and veal producers, as well as importers of beef and beef products. The CBB oversees the Beef Checkoff.

Click here to visit the CBB site

National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public.

Click here to visit the National Pork Board's Pork Checkoff site

The American Lamb Board (ALB) was created by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to administer the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order. The ALB works to strengthen the domestic lamb industry’s position in the marketplace through advertising, public relations, culinary education, and retail promotions.

Click here to visit the American Lamb Board site


Country of Origin Labeling
NLPA joined 70 representatives from more than 30 livestock industry organizations and companies to develop universal procedures for implementing requirements of the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, which will take effect on Sept. 30, 2008. As a result of the meeting, the leaders wrote a coalition letter to livestock industry stakeholders to encourage them to use the “Country of Origin Affidavit/Declaration” statements. According to the letter the goal of the affidavit/declaration is “to move origin claims along the livestock’s chain of custody/ownership to slaughter facilities to assure that meat covered commodities will be accurately labeled at retail.”

Environmental Issues
The Producers' Compliance Guide for CAFOs describes EPA's regulations for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The Producers' Guide includes sections that describe EPA's CAFO regulations, who they affect, what they require, and what assistance is available. If you own or operate a CAFO, you can use this guide to figure out what you need to do to comply with the CAFO regulations.


CAFO/Clean Water
Compliance Guide


Farm Bill

The USDA has launched a special web site on the 2008 farm bill. The site contains a summary of the farm bill provisions by title, frequently asked questions, information on implementation, and other resources. It can be reached by going to http://www.usda.gov/farmbill.


Foot and Mouth Disease

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

The GIPSA toll-free telephone hotline for reporting violations and abuses in the grain, livestock, meat, and poultry industries. Call the hotline at 1-800-998-3447.

The USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration maintains this toll-free telephone number for reporting violations and abuses in the grain, livestock, meat, and poultry industries. The hotline is available to all interested parties who wish to provide information on possible violations of the United States Grain Standards Act, the Agricultural Marketing Act, or the Packers and Stockyards Act.

The toll free number provides a direct and easy way for producers and others to access GIPSA’s regulatory resources. Callers will reach a voicemail system that will tape their messages. The Agency will respond as quickly as possible to reports of violations.

Other GIPSA resources:

GIPSA Laws & Regulations
GIPSA Publications
GIPSA Reporting Violations
Email Address for Complaints: PSPComplaints@usda.gov.


Government Affairs

Congress Merge: Hints for
Communicating with Congress


Search for Pending Legislation at
Thomas - Legislation Web Site



NLPA Sheep & Goat Fund

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