The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture set policy for the coming year at a recent gathering, where the organization put a priority on the flow of ag goods in the U.S. and overseas.
The California departments of food and agriculture and public health accepted oral public comments regarding their proposed actions for the implementation of Proposition 12 last week, following a request to hold such a hearing after the 45-day window for written comments closed on July 12.
California regulations that will require hog farms to provide sows with more housing space starting in 2022 will likely pose logistical challenges for pork exports while increasing production costs and raising retail prices, say producers and industry analysts.
California’s law mandating minimum space requirements for certain livestock and poultry survived a challenge at the Supreme Court this week, though meat industry groups plan to continue their efforts to block implementation of Proposition 12.
Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow is expressing optimism that the Senate will pass the Growing Climate Solutions Act today. But the Senate will first debate an amendment by Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee that would weaken a critical provision of the legislation, which is intended to speed development of ag carbon markets.
President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan offers many provisions that have long been priorities with farm groups, including a $100 billion plan to connect the entire U.S. to high-speed internet.