Supreme Court justices are wrestling with how to balance California's concerns over animal welfare, reflected in the state's Proposition 12 standards, with the potential costs to out-of-state pork producers.
In this opinion piece, Blake Hurst is a farmer and greenhouse grower in Northwest Missouri discusses Proposition 12 and the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the National Pork Producers and American Farm Bureau case.
Now that all eggs sold in California must come from hens living in cage-free barns, the industry is watching to see when, or whether, the investment required to meet the requirements pays off. California shoppers, meanwhile, are paying higher prices for eggs.
The Supreme Court could issue a new decision outlining the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction by this summer, even as the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers work on a new definition of “waters of the U.S.”
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.