Venting - WA DEPT OF AG BITES

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by pips&peeps, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I'm so irritated right now.

    I have been trying to get the State back to my place to recertify my farm for NPIP, but I have been just getting the run around. Apparently some fool mistook the money the Feds gave the State for Avian Infuenza testing for money for the NPIP program and now it is all gone.

    I have been told that there is no money left and that there will be no further testing until next year sometime. Another flock owner was told that we were all given a six month continuence on the program.

    Well, Federal Regulations say that I must be retested or I am no longer a participant period, no ifs, ands or buts.

    The State also had a huge "gung ho" deal last year where they initiated a new law stating birds moving in or out, or going to show must be from a NPIP participating flock or have a vet certificate in the last 90 days.

    Well, according to that, if I want to sell anymore hatching eggs anytime soon, I will have to get a vet certificate on all my hens since I won't have my NPIP certification......... How feasible is that???????

    In other words, the State is now condoning breaking the law and shipping eggs, birds, etc without certification.

    Anyway, I'm peeved and even called the Director's Office of The WA State Dept of AG and told them about it. I told them I was more concerned that the State Vet's Office was promoting breaking the law since they ran out of funds.

    I've even called the Federal NPIP guy and he hasn't been able to get ahold of anyone to get this straightened out and he says I am right. You must be retested annually to remain a participant.

    I really dislike *some* government workers...............
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Talk about a Catch 22!!
     
  3. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jean call the state vet talk to him/her personally, explain the situation. It is worth a try to see if there is anything he can or will do.
     
  4. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I already have. He doesn't have any answers as he doesn't run the program.

    I e-mailed one of the "regional" state vets today to ask him if he was a certified tester and apparently I am on a "black ball" list.

    He accidently hit forward to all:

    Leonard,

    Got this from Connie Jean. How should I respond?

    Mark

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    From: Rick and Jean Ribbeck
    To: Kinsel, Mark (AGR)
    Sent: Thu Nov 06 11:20:46 2008
    Subject: certified tester?


    Mark,

    Are you a certified P/T tester? And, do you know if all of the Regional State Veterinarians certified?

    Thanks,

    Jean Ribbeck
    Pips & Peeps


    I've never spoken to him before, so how would he know my first name is Connie.......
     
  5. dixiechick

    dixiechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    this IS aggrevating!! [​IMG]
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Geez, Jean. This is why I really dont want to be involved in gov't programs like NPIP. As someone on BYC once said, "That really frosts my onions!!". [​IMG]
     
  7. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh dear I am so sorry. I agree about the gov't overstepping their boundaries.
     
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    I just read the back of a paphlet from the USDA, it prohibits discrimination in all it's programs, blah blah.....REPRISAL.

    I can file a complaint.

    This would have been alot easier if they would have just come out and tested my chickens.....
     
  9. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry that's going on. The WSDA has always been very good and helpful for us.
     
  10. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    Jean~ I'm sorry you are having troubles [​IMG]
     

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