The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship said it will continue contacting farmers who have previously registered livestock premises. IDALS is doing this to update the Iowa Premises Registration database. Farmers are asked to respond to the letter and confirm that the information is correct, or respond with their updated information.
In February, the state ag department is sending letters to livestock producers who had previously registered premises in Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida and Iowa counties. In March, letters will be sent to producers in Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn and Louisa counties.
“We are very appreciative of the positive response we’ve received from the farmers who have been contacted to this point. We just want to encourage those who will be receiving letters in February and March to do the same,” says Mike Naig, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture.
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 ag department’s website and submitting the signed form to the department.
A Frequently Asked Questions article about premises identification can be found at iowaagriculture.gov under “Hot topics.” Or if farmers have questions, they can contact the department’s animal ID coordinator at 888-778-7675 or by email at [email protected]. More information is also available on USDA’s Animal Disease Traceability site.
The Iowa Department of Ag will continue to advance alphabetically through the list of remaining counties over the next several months to complete this project. Iowa currently has more than 32,500 premises registered.
Source: Iowa Department of Agriculture