Yesterday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released an assessment evaluating the Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) program and the effectiveness of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 9 Part 86, Animal Disease Traceability, to enhance our tracing capabilities for emergency response, disease control, and eradication programs. The assessment is based on an evaluation of traceability parameters since the publication of Part 86 through September 30, 2016. After publishing the final rule, “Traceability for Livestock Moving Interstate,” the USDA acknowledged that additional enhancements to traceability would be considered after assessing whether the requirements were being implemented effectively.
This assessment can be found here or upon request by emailing ADT Staff at: email@example.com. APHIS will host a series of public meetings across the country this spring to hear from the public about the successes and challenges of the current ADT framework, specifically for traceability in cattle and bison. They will also provide attendees an opportunity to brainstorm ideas about overcoming these challenges and finding ways to fill gaps in the existing system.
These meetings will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in seven locations:
- April 11: Oklahoma City, OK, Tower Hotel Oklahoma City, 3233 Northwest Expressway
- April 13: Riverdale, MD, USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road
- April 20: Nashville, TN, Renaissance Nashville Hotel, 611 Commerce Street
- May 2: Bloomington, MN, Embassy Suites Minneapolis Airport, 7901 34th Avenue South
- May 4: Denver, CO, Doubletree by Hilton Denver, 3203 Quebec Street
- May 11: Rancho Cordova, CA, Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive
- May 24: Billings, MT, Hilton Garden Inn Billings, 2465 Grant Road
If you plan to attend a meeting, APHIS asks that you register in advance. Same-day registration will also be available at each meeting site. APHIS will compile the input from the regional meetings and hold a national ADT forum early in the fall. Written statements about the ADT system may also be filed with the USDA through May 31, 2017, via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.