An article on the way in which Agribusiness is pushing the small farmer and self-sufficient homesteader out of the picture appears at Eric Dondero's news site Libertarian Republican.
"While it has been scaled back on the federal level and termed “voluntary” in the face of wide-spread small farming protests, government regulation is entering the farmyard by the rear gate. Through state and local government in Michigan and Wisconsin, NAIS and mandatory Premise IDs are law. Those who do not comply have had their milking licenses revoked, among other penalties. Wisconsin is considered a model for the program’s implementation in other states."
Read the whole article here: http://libertarianrepublican.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-big-brother-agribusiness-will-get.html