MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The state has put on hold new rules that would require livestock farms to register with the state in hopes of stemming the spread of contagious disease.
Agriculture Secretary Steve Kerr said Tuesday that the state had concerns about keeping the farm information private. The information is shared with the U.S. Department of Agriculture database.
"USDA had promised us complete confidentiality at every step of this process," he said. "Now we have reason to believe that may not be the case. Without 100 percent confidentiality, we will not be sending any information on Vermont farms to the USDA database."
Kerr said the state wants to ensure the information can only be accessed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.
USDA officials did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
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