The hidden cost of animal ID enrollment



I recently analyzed a USDA spreadsheet for National Animal Identification System (NAIS) bribes — sanitized as cooperative agreements. These are the funds received by tribes, states, government employees and companies who promise to enroll properties for USDA.

Listed is only a scintilla of the cost; the real cost is well above published data required by law. There are millions being spent monthly (

The National Pork Board got its trough filled with $800,000. That is why USDA tapped them for an emphatic NAIS report to the subcommittee hearing March 11. The hogs are bought.

FFA got $359,995 to sign up their kids before they could show at fairs. The hesitant children who refuse are considered rebels and malcontents. American Angus Association got $594,585 to hammer the horns off their members.

The Holstein association made a bold strong testimony at the hearing. They stuck $1,754,428 in the milk bucket, so they were glad to brag about NAIS before Congress. Their milk drinking political wing National Milk Producers Association stuck $1,027,000 in the milk tank from USDA. That is why dairies were forced to enroll property or they could not sell their milk.

The Indian tribes are the most numerous to have coins placed in their teepees. Tribal leaders cut deals with USDA and automatically listed tribe members who had livestock. The numbers are jumbled together so you can’t locate the total Indian enrollments. (Some Indian tribes have tribal managed herds so every tribe member receives a percentage of the income. This would let every tribe member unknowingly enroll in NAIS.)

The Ag Census reports the U.S. has more than 3,910,022 farms that qualify to enroll in mandatory NAIS. USDA says there are 1.4 million. Therefore, when they get 100 percent sign-up, there will be another 200 percent left freely roaming the barn yard. By real numbers, they have 9.7 percent signed up now, not 35 percent as USDA falsely, under oath, told Congress.

If you removed the Indian enrollments, the USDA has about 4 percent of the U.S. properties “volunteered.”

How sad the USDA has become? Every one should be so ashamed of this expensive dismal branch of the government.

This project has wasted truckloads of tax money. The cost per person enrolled for NAIS property is a putrid fact. The sickest is Rhode Island with an expenditure of $169,520 and only 15 people surrendered.

Alaskan farmers cost $3,083 each. California, $708. Connecticut, $1,994. Hawaii, $1,085. Montana, $1,452. New Mexico, $695. Wyoming, $1,119. Vermont, $5,776.

The Washington wealth distributors have given USDA a $138 million property sign-up budget and more is on the way. And as the spreadsheet shows, some $40 million is concealed.

NAIS is the farm issue of the hour. USDA has been to the vault to drink the Kool-Aid. You, the enforced ones, call your enforcers and remind them an election is coming. Don’t fund one penny to NAIS.

Darol Dickinson
Barnesville, Ohio

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  1. Great post. I might rip this and put it on my NO NAIS blog if you don’t mind.

    Add NAIS to the food (farm) bill (takeover) under the guise of food safety and the water (farm) takeover under the guise of water quality; you can almost see the small, sustainable organic type farms going under with FDA, EPA, Dept of Health and USDA inspections– going the way of the planned demise of the dairies.


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