Obama Halts Pending Regulations


The following was a press release by Fox News on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

“One of President Barack Obama’s first acts is to order federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them.

The order went out Tuesday afternoon, shortly after Obama was inaugurated president, in a memorandum signed by the new White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. The notice of the action was contained in the first press release sent out by Obama’s White House.”


This is good news for those of us fighting for an end to NAIS (National Animal Identification System). I urge you to write to the USDA, Congress and to also go here and write to The White House. You can point out that President Obama’s agenda for Rural America goes against every aspect of NAIS and that the Bush Administration on January 13, 2009 has tried to make NAIS mandatory nationally. Tell them that NAIS is inconceivable for small family farmers; it will bankrupt them and/or be financially burdensome. That it is an act of the argibusiness to control the food source in America and that it shouldn’t apply to our family farm animals. That it is an intrusion on our privacy rights and that according to our 1st amendment rights it goes against our freedom of religion. For some of us, the implanting of chips is seen as “the mark of the beast” and we would resist such actions. Please don’t hesitate to write today, your grandchildren will thank you one day for the freedom to farm without government intrusion. AND don’t forget that even if you don’t farm, you still have the responsibility to write on behalf of all the small family farmers in America who provide food for our communities.


On Tuesday, President Barack Obama said it well when he declared: “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”

Let’s unite together to fight the controlling FDA, USDA, and FTC. We must wake up America so that we can live free.

This is President Obama’s agenda for Rural America:

  • Strong Safety Net for Family Farmers: Fight for farm programs that provide family farmers with stability and predictability. Implement a $250,000 payment limitation so we help family farmers — not large corporate agribusiness. Close the loopholes that allow mega farms to get around payment limits.
  • Prevent Anticompetitive Behavior Against Family Farms: Pass a packer ban. When meatpackers own livestock they can manipulate prices and discriminate against independent farmers. Strengthen anti-monopoly laws and strengthen producer protections to ensure independent farmers have fair access to markets, control over their production decisions, and transparency in prices.
  • Regulate CAFOs: Strictly regulate pollution from large factory livestock farms, with fines for those that violate tough standards. Support meaningful local control.
  • Establish Country of Origin Labeling: Implement Country of Origin Labeling so that American producers can distinguish their products from imported ones.
  • Encourage Organic and Local Agriculture: Help organic farmers afford to certify their crops and reform crop insurance to not penalize organic farmers. Promote regional food systems.
  • Encourage Young People to Become Farmers: Establish a new program to identify and train the next generation of farmers. Provide tax incentives to make it easier for new farmers to afford their first farm.
  • Partner with Landowners to Conserve Private Lands: Increase incentives for farmers and private landowners to conduct sustainable agriculture and protect wetlands, grasslands, and forests.


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