It’s doubtful that comments on the National Animal Identification system will cease on Aug. 3, as opponents tend to be fairly vocal. That is, however, the official closing date for the public to submit comments to the department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The comment period opened on May 1, with the publication of our first notice announcing public meetings on the subject.

The last meeting was held on June 30, and USDA intended to provide the public with the option of submitting written comments for at least 30 days following that final meeting. A statement from the agency says they will consider all comments that we receive on or before Aug. 3. Read the official announcement.