Discussing the potential impact of Fulton County's participation in the National Animal Identification System was the focus of the county's Feb. 5 quorum court meeting.
Mary Rivera, who has been active in past quorum court meetings campaigning against ERW (extraordinary resource water) designations, presented the NAIS information to the court in hope of generating opposition against the program.
The NAIS program is completely voluntary and was created in order to prevent the outbreak of foreign animal diseases on U.S. soil, according to the NAIS official Web site.
Rivera said this is not completely true; if enough people volunteer to participate with the NAIS, it will evolve into a federal regulation, she said.
" (The NAIS) is not voluntary -- it is put on us in increments," Rivera said.
Involvement in the NAIS will require animal farmers to report what happens on their personal farm to the federal government, according to Rivera.
"Like the ERWs -- this is just another example of attempts to increase federal power," she said. "I want you (the quorum court) to adopt a resolution opposing the NAIS so we can keep our local powers."
The court decided to review the information Rivera presented and make a decision at their next appointed meeting.
In other quorum court business, the court passed several resolutions allowing for the appropriation of funds.
The court voted to appropriate a total of $11,633.80 that will be used to make repairs to the county's breathalizer machine, as well as fixing computers in the county treasurer's and clerk's offices.
Marjorie Rogers, District 6 JP, was elected by the quorum court as the Fulton County delegate to attend the Arkansas Quorum Court Association meeting Feb. 24 in Little Rock.