The USDA Agricultural survey: Voluntary not mandatory



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The USDA is busy sending out its Agricultural Survey attempting to elicit from unwary property owners, information regarding any agricultural production or livestock or poultry (this can be virtually ANY crop, animal or bird) that you may own and goes on to ask how much monetary value is placed on produce or the sale of animal/poultry products.  The [survey] also mentions that any one who produces and sells more than $1,000 per year is asked to voluntarily supply this information to the government.  $1,000 a year is such a paltry amount and is significant in the fact that this amount is so low as to encompass virtually anything you might wish to grow and produce even for your own use.  It would be virtually impossible for the federal government to confiscate food sources in the event they decide they must, unless they know first hand where that source is located and how much of it is there. 

This is a voluntary survey and is not a [census].  Survey’s are voluntary, the census taken every ten years to do a head count of our population is not. 

In a cleverly worded promotion on the USDA website: More

N.O.R.M. enters rebuttal to FDA presumptions on Federal Register


680 E. 5 Point Hwy. Charlotte, Mich. (48813) 517-543-0111

“FDA is not and, by the construction of this government, cannot be authorized to determine its own jurisdiction. It must operate within the bounds of the administrative structure authorized by the legislative power harmonious with the limited, delegated powers identified in our constitutional system.”


June 7, 2010
RE: FDA-2010-N-0085
To Whom it may concern:
This document is submitted by:

National Organization for Raw Materials (NORM, http://www.normeconomics.org)

and:  See list below for names of those submitting)


This comment seeks to inform the development of an FDA regulation establishing “safety standards for fresh produce at the farm and packing house” and sanctions for non-compliance. In doing so, it rebuts the jurisdictional presumption through which, under the guise of “food safety,” FDA seeks to vastly exceed the reach of its federal regulatory sphere of action.

Federal executive regulatory power is seated in and restricted to the delegations specified within the Constitution. As stated in Art. I, §8, cl. 18, “Congress shall have power to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.” Regulatory jurisdiction statutorily delegated to any agency cannot exceed the jurisdiction of the legislative authority as constitutionally specified. More

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