Fighting to Stop the National Animal Identification System (NAIS)
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Three new bills introduced to protect farmers
Last year's bills to limit NAIS to a voluntary program remain pending in the Tennessee Legislature. Because of the loopholes in those bills that were pushed through by the industrial agriculture groups, Representative Niceley and Senator Burchett have introduced two new bills.
HB 3668/SB3903 provides: "Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any person engaged in farm operations who does not receive state or federal farm subsidies or related funds and does not participate in state or federal agriculture programs for the receipt of such subsidies or funds shall not be required to participate in any national animal identification program."
HB 3660/SB 3438 is similar but broader, exempting such farmers from "any rules or regulations promulgated by the state or the federal government."
Another bill would address the problems with farmers being charged sales tax on purchases. HB 3662/SB 3437 would broadens the exemption from retailer sales tax on personal property for qualified farmers and nurserymen, and states: "The person is the owner or lessee of agricultural land from which fifty dollars ($50) or more of agricultural products were produced during the year, including payments from governmental sources." The current requirement is that the farmer produce $1,000 or more, so this would be a significant improvement!
No hearing has been set yet. But it is never to early to start educating your elected officials.
To find your legislator, click here, click on "Senate," then "Members," and then "Find your legislator." Repeat the process for the House.
Ask to speak to the staffer who handles agricultural issues. Have a discussion -- ask them what they already know about NAIS, explain your objections to it, and respond to the issues they bring up. Stay in touch through email after the phone call, so that they know you really care about this issue.
Talking Points on HB 3668 / SB 3903
Tennessee House Committee on Agriculture Hearing - April 10, 2007
Testimony on NAIS being given at a hearing before the
Summary as of 2/22/07
Four bills have been introduced to stop NAIS: HB-764, HB-977, HB978, and one not-yet-numbered. These bills take a variety of approaches, based on what other states have been introducing.
No statute or regulations implementing NAIS. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is requiring premises registration as a condition of various farm assistance programs.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance - Tennessee Chapter is holding informational meetings and arranging press coverage.
Representative Frank Nicely has committed to introducing legislation to oppose NAIS. At the federal level, Congressman Duncan is committed to stopping funding for NAIS.
A bill has been introduced to prohibit use of any state funds to implement NAIS. The bill remains in committee. (HB3297; SB3258.)
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