Updated 06/02/09:
The Raleigh NAIS listening session will be held at the McKimmon Center on the corner of Western Blvd. Registration starts at 8:00-9:00am and the session will end at 4:00pm.

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For those of you who have concerns regarding the proposed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). You have a chance to voice your opinion at a upcoming listening session to be held in Raleigh, NC on June 25th. The NC session is being held through the Veterinary Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture. I contacted their office for the  Raleigh location, but as of this posting they were unable to give me the specifics regarding that session. I will update this posting with that information as soon as it becomes available.

SUMMARY: This is a notice to inform the public of six upcoming meetings to discuss stakeholder concerns related to the implementation of the National Animal Identification System. The meetings are being organized by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

DATES: The meetings will be held on  June 9, 11, 16, 18, 25, and 27, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

ADDRESSES held in Jefferson City, MO (June 9), Rapid City, SD (June 11), Albuquerque, NM (June 16), Riverside, CA (June 18), Raleigh, NC (June 25), and Jasper, FL (June 27).


Dr. Adam Grow, Director, Surveillance and Identification Programs, National Center for Animal Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 200, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734–3752.

A caveat to the listening session found at the end of the public notice.

On-site registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the day of each meeting. All persons attending must register prior to the meetings. Although preregistration is not required, participants are asked to preregister by sending APHIS an e-mail at calling 301–734–0799. In the subject line of the e-mail, indicate your name (or organization name) and the location of the meeting you plan to attend. If you wish to present comments during one of the meetings, please include your name (or organization name) and address in the body of the message.

Members of the public who are not able to attend may also submit and view comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0027.

If you can’t make it in person, go to the USDA web site and leave feedback.