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  • APHIS Seeks Public Comment on Use of RFID Tags as Official Identification in Cattle and Bison

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    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is soliciting public comments on a proposal wherein APHIS would only approve radio frequency identification tags as official eartags for use in interstate movement of cattle and bison that are covered under certain regulations.

    Comments are due by Oct. 5.

    From the Federal Register:

    “This change would allow rapid and accurate reading and electronic transcription of identification numbers used for interstate health certificates or testing for regulated diseases such as tuberculosis or brucellosis. Implementing RFID as the official eartag in cattle would enhance the ability of State, Federal, and private veterinarians as well as livestock producers to quickly respond to high-impact diseases currently existing in the United States, as well as foreign animal diseases that threaten the viability of the U.S. cattle industry.”

    • Beginning January 1, 2022, USDA would no longer approve vendors to use the official USDA shield in production of metal ear tags or other ear tags that do not have RFID components.

    • On January 1, 2023, RFID tags would become the only identification devices approved as an official eartag for cattle and bison pursuant to § 86.4(a)(1)(i).

    • For cattle and bison that have official USDA metal clip tags in place before January 1, 2023, APHIS would recognize the metal tag as an official identification device for the life of the animal.

    This proposed change in what is considered an official eartag would not alter the current regulations in part 86 and would not amend the classes of cattle required to have official identification under the regulations. Likewise, this notice does not change part 86; for example, the State veterinary officials in States sending and receiving cattle could agree to accept alternate forms of identification such as registered brands, tattoos and other identification methods acceptable to breed associations in lieu of an official eartag. The policy for approving tags as official identification would continue to require that tags meet safety, quality, and retention criteria. However, all approved tags applied on or after January 1, 2023 would require an RFID component for the number that could be read visually as well as electronically.

    Visit the Federal Register to learn more and comment on the proposed change.

  • Apply NOW for A 2020 Regenerate HERD Fellowship!

    REGENERATE 2020 will explore these questions, thought processes, and solutions, offering a diversity of virtual events, an abundance of accessible information, and ample opportunity for conversations to regenerate mind, body, soil, and spirit.

    American Grassfed Association, Quivira Coalition, and Holistic Management International are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2020 REGENERATE HERD Fellowship, which provides scholarships for beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the virtual 2020 REGENERATE Conference from October 26-November 20!

    What Is The HERD Fellowship

    The REGENERATE partners support young people committed to life at the nexus of tradition and innovation, food and land, economy, and community. We believe good agriculture is rooted in holistic thinking and a lifelong commitment to learning and teaching. Attending the conference provides beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students the opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, build relationships with peers and mentors, find support for their work, and bring fresh perspectives on the future of agriculture.

    The 2020 HERD Fellowship will award a minimum of 30 full scholarships (covers conference registration fee) to beginning farmers and ranchers, land stewards, and students in related fields to attend the REGENERATE Conference.

    These scholarships will be prioritized to support individuals who come from historically underrepresented or economically low-resource communities and other marginalized identities in agriculture. We specifically encourage the application of Tribal, Latinx, Chicanx, Hispanic, Black/African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, and/or LGBTQ+ beginning ranchers, farmers, land stewards, and college students. However, qualified applicants from any background with a strong application will also be considered.

    How To Apply for A HERD Fellowship

    >> Apply for a HERD Fellowship

    Interested individuals can apply by submitting an online application or completing an interview by phone. Please complete the HERD Fellowship Phone Interview form to schedule an interview. Applications must be submitted by 11:45 pm MT on Wednesday, September 30. Applicants will be notified no later than October 5 about the status of their application.

    You may also refer a friend, apprentice, intern, or employee by completing the HERD Fellowship Recommendation Form.

    We also offer a reduced beginning agrarian, land steward, and student rate to those who are seeking a non-competitive route. Complete the Beginning Agrarian, Land Steward, and Student Inquiry Form to receive the discounted rate.

    Please share this announcement  with your networks and encourage beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students to apply!

    Thank you for helping us find good candidates for these awards.

    >> Register for Regenerate

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