April, 2005 -- The USDA issued its Draft Strategic Plan & Draft Program Standards for public comment, which ended in July of 2005.
July, 2006 -- The target date for the USDA to issue a proposed rule setting forth the requirements for NAIS premises registration, animal identification, and animal tracking. There will be a limited public comment period after publication of the rule.
Fall, 2007 -- The USDA will publish a final rule to establish the requirements of the mandatory NAIS.
January, 2008 -- Premises registration and animal identification become mandatory.
January, 2009 -- Animal tracking becomes mandatory, including enforcement of the reporting of all animal movements.
Excerpt from the text of a court brief written by Mary-Louise Zanoni, a practicing attorney who is herself involved in farming and horses and who is opposed to the NAIS....among the highlights are:
"Fourth Amendment Violations. The Department proposes surveillance of every property where even a single animal of any livestock species is kept; and to require, at a minimum, the radio-frequency identification tagging of every animal. (Standards, pp. 3-4, 6, 17-18)
"Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment Violations. The proposed NAIS is the first attempt by the federal government at forced registration in a huge, permanent federal database of individual citizens' real property (the homes and farms where animals are kept) and personal property (the animals themselves). (Standards, pp. 8-13; Plan, pp. 8, 12-13.)"
"The proposed NAIS makes clear that animal owners will have to pay the costs of registration and surveillance of their homes, farms, and livestock. ("[T]here will be costs to producers," Plan, p. 11; "private funding will be required. . . . Producers will identify their animals and provide necessary records to the databases. . . . All groups will need to provide labor . . .", Plan, p. 14.) In fact, the financial and labor requirements for animal owners would be huge. Livestock owners, even the owner of one pet horse who takes rides off the property, would have to invest in RFID reading devices and software to report information. The Standards and Plan do not enlighten us about the amount of these costs."