U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has released an updated implementation plan that outlines time lines and benchmarks for the establishment of the National Animal Identification System. USDA also revealed its plan for the initial integration of private and state animal tracking databases with NAIS. To learn how this affects you, go to: http://animalid.aphis.usda.gov/nais/index.shtml and check out the links on the “related topics” section.