The Supreme Court’s decision to allow California’s animal housing law to remain in place caused a furor in the pork industry and among farm-state lawmakers, who vowed to introduce legislation to overturn the ruling. But the ruling's impact also may be felt in the 25 other states that allow voters to craft laws through ballot initiatives.
The Supreme Court has rejected the arguments of hog farmers that California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sales of pork coming from sows confined in gestation crates, violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause.
A Florida Republican lawmakeris calling for a full assessment of the damage in Florida from Hurricane Ian, including extensive losses in the ag sector, before Congress passes a supplemental disaster bill.
Supporters of Proposition 12 say states could lose the ability to regulate sales of products based on climate impacts and other concerns, if the Supreme Court strikes down the California law that prescribes sow-housing standards for pork sold in the state.
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.
The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation got a boost in their Supreme Court challenge to California’s animal housing law, Proposition 12, with the U.S. government’s filing of a brief supporting the groups.