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USDA abandons farm animal tracing program


YAKIMA, Wash. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday it has abandoned a program that would have traced the movement of farm animals around the country.

Due to little support from farmers, the USDA says it is planning a new, more flexible program to be administered by states and tribes to strengthen disease prevention and response.

The department said in a statement that the program will only apply to animals moved in interstate commerce and will encourage the use of low-cost technology.

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