IDALS updating livestock premises registration

Greene County farmers will receive letter in January

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will continue contacting farmers who have previously registered a livestock premises in an effort to update the Iowa Premises Registration database. Farmers are asked to respond to the letter and either confirm the information is correct or respond with their updated information.

IDALS is sending letters to farmers in alphabetical order of the counties in which the properties are located. Letters will be sent in January to producers in Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont and Greene counties.

“We a very appreciative of the positive response we have received from the farmers that have been contacted to this point and just want to encourage those that will be receiving a letter in December and January to do the same,” said Mike Naig, Iowa deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “We understand it is very busy time during the holidays, but do ask producers to make a few minutes to respond.”

All Iowa livestock farmers are encouraged to make sure that all locations where they have livestock have a premises identification number (PIN) and to make sure their information is up-to-date. All the information in the premises ID database is completely confidential and protected under federal law and can only be used for animal health purposes.

Farmers can complete or renew their premises registration by completing the form found on the IDALS website at http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalIndustry/pdf/premiseIDapp2.pdf and submitting the signed form to the department.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about premises identification can be found on the IDALS webpage under “Hot Topics.” Or, if farmers have questions they can contact the department’s animal ID coordinator toll free at 888-778-7675 or by email at idals_id [at] iowaAgriculture [dot] gov. More information is also available on the USDA’s animal disease traceability home site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/.

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