Many states are falling behind in their early projections of how quickly they will be able to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, and many are still working to determine where ag workers will be on their vaccination prioritization schedules.
The federal government and 21 state attorneys general have joined the North American Meat Institute in asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its October decision affirming a lower court ruling that had the effect of upholding California’s animal housing law, commonly known as Proposition 12.
While the total damage amounts from California’s 2020 wildfire season is not yet known and several fires continue to burn, rural businesses such as farms, ranches, and others in the agricultural industry are faced with the continued threat of losing the insurance policies that protect the financial aspects of daily operations.
President-elect Joe Biden says he’ll announce a White House climate policy coordinator and a “policy-making structure” to go with the new office. The climate czar “will lead efforts here in the U.S. to combat the climate crisis and mobilize action to meet this existential threat,” Biden said.
A Colorado ballot measure to reintroduce the gray wolf to Western Colorado is one of many state ballot initiatives critical to food and ag policy voters who are considering how to mark their ballots this year.
The United States is backing the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate California’s Proposition 12, which would ban the sale of pork from hogs raised without minimum square-feet requirements.