Inexplicably, the USDA has failed to schedule any National Animal Identification System listening sessions in the northeastern U.S. The closest opportunity is in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 18.

A USDA spokesperson said Monday there are no plans to add a northeastern location. She suggested that Northeast producers provide input to their state veterinarians or else go to the Web site www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/nais/nais.html and look for "listening session" links where they can provide input online.