Title

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the state Department of Agriculture's controversial

Authors

Source

Down East

Date

6-1-2006

Pages

23-26

Abstract

"The Talk of Maine" piece on the state Department of Agriculture's controversial IDME plan, targeted to start in 2009. Under Maine's version of the federal National Animal Identification System, every owner of livestock, including chickens, would have to identify and register each animal. The object of the program is to quickly trace disease outbreaks. Small farmers say the program is expensive, redundant in some ways, and intrusive, and that details are too vague. A public hearing on the issue featured a manure-throwing incident. The Farm Bureau is advocating a go-slow approach in adopting the plan.

Subjects

U S Department of Agriculture, Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources

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