In the Jan. 8 Farm and Dairy Letters to the Editor, Mr. McKarns recapped part of the 90th annual Farm Bureau meeting of 2008.
He noted the proposal to encourage all livestock producers to register their premises in the NAIS database was voted down.
I for one have to cheer the wisdom of the Farm Bureau delegates who chose to reject Premises ID registration.
Premises ID creates an easement that allows the USDA to have warrantless access to a farmer’s property.
Premises code, once assigned to a location, is permanent (see http://www.aphis.usda.gov).
When the land is sold or inherited, the Premises ID and the easement that it created stay with the land.
Any other form of easement, for example, a conservation easement, results in a monetary consideration for taking on the easement.
By contrast Premises ID does not result in any monetary gain for the farmer because as Mr. McKarns accurately noted, “it is free.”
Like all easements, Premises ID diminishes the value of the land by limiting its use.
When real estate law catches up with Premises ID of farmland, the farmer and his family will lose thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars when they want to or need to sell the estate.
I applaud those very foresighted Farm Bureau delegates who voted against the premises registration proposal.
At this time in Ohio, Premises ID is a voluntary surrender of sovereignty. It will soon be mandatory unless more good people stand up for their rights.
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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