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Published February 08, 2010, 04:00 AM

Vilsack proposes tracing system

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told state agriculture commissioners Feb. 5 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will ask the states and tribal nations to administer a new system of animal identification to trace disease back to its source rather than continue development of the unpopular national animal identification system begun by the Bush administration after the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States in late 2003.

By: Jerry Hagstrom, Special to Agweek

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