According to local first-hand reports, Copper River area farmers have already been "asked" to fill in these voluntary premise ID forms. What exactly does voluntary mean to a communitarian? One way to find out is to see how other places implement these voluntary type of programs.
Officials in North Carolina tied emergency purchases of hay to their new version of voluntary:
"Hay buyers must have an N.C. Farm ID Premises Identification Number. If you do not have one, download the registration form (PDF file), fill it out and bring it with you to a distribution site. This will start the Farm ID registration process and qualify you to purchase hay."
For local news and updates on the emerging National Animal IDentification System, visit Alaskans Against the NAIS, www.naisinfocentral.net