Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has released a thinking paper and a timeline on the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS) and has requested comments.

Both documents are available on USDA's NAIS Web site at http://www.usda.gov/nais and will be published in the Federal Register.

The document proposes that stakeholders identify premises and animals according to NAIS standards by January 2008. Requiring full recording of defined animal movements is proposed by January 2009.

Deadline for comments is July 6. Go to http://www.epa.gov/feddocket and click on “View Open APHIS Documents.” Or, send an original set of comments along with three copies to Docket No. 05-015-1, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3C71, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.