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But, those worries are baseless, according to the Missouri Department of Agriculture which oversees the plan.

"Liability is something that is very seldom passed back to the farm of origin," said the department's Steve Goff, who also said privacy shouldn't be a concern.

"We're only asking for name, address, phone number, and species of animals they have," he explained. "So, we're limiting the amount of information we ask."

Goff said the government has covered most of the cost so far, and future costs will be minimal for farmers. However, Kremer is skeptical.

"We have sometimes as many as 200-300 members and rural residents that gather in community halls in opposition of this," he said. "So, there's a growing number of people opposed to it."

So finding volunteers for this voluntary program may not be easy. The animal ID program is a three-stage effort, identifying farms, animals and, eventually, diseases.

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