U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer recently called the World Trade Organization “a mess,” but some of the largest U.S. agricultural groups and companies are speaking out in a new letter to stress the importance of the WTO to American farmers.
Of the 155 state ballot measures decided in last week’s elections, California’s Proposition 12, which sets new animal confinement rules, could turn out to have the greatest national impact for both farmers and consumers.
Voters in 37 states on Nov. 6 will decide 166 ballot questions on issues that could impact agriculture and rural communities significantly, including animal confinement regulations, fuel taxes and climate change. And there could be even more such proposals in 2020.
Missouri and a group of allied states have launched another legal battle to get rid of California’s egg-marketing regulations, only this time they’ve filed directly with the Supreme Court and with more ammunition.