The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently announced it will award $3 million in cooperative agreements. The funds are for states and tribes to conduct research to develop or test potential solutions for animal identification and automated data collection in support of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Applicants are encouraged to propose research or field trial projects to:
- Enhance the effectiveness of collecting animal identification data in typical production, market and abattoir environments.
- Establish identity validation when official identification devices are lost, removed or malfunction.
- Conduct economic assessments of animal identification systems and technologies in typical production, market and abattoir environments.
- Evaluate emerging animal identification technologies with advanced data collection systems to ascertain the adaptability of the technology for use in NAIS.
Funding application packages are available on the APHIS Web site at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mrpbs/fmd/agreements_announcements.html
Paper applications should be mailed to: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, c/o Neil Hammerschmidt,
Projects applicable to any livestock or animal industry associated with NAIS are eligible for funding. Collaboration with private companies, producer organizations, colleges and universities, or other research organization is strongly encouraged.
Implementation of NAIS will support state and federal animal disease monitoring and surveillance through the rapid tracing of infected and exposed animals during animal disease outbreaks. Additional benefits of NAIS include enhanced consumer confidence in the health of