Chuck Grassley: California’s war on breakfast wages on, and Iowa farmers need justices to act

The Supreme Court should review a challenge to the state’s law dictating how bacon and eggs are produced elsewhere.


Chuck Grassley, Guest Columnist, The Des Moines Register (IA)

Jan 6, 2022


Grassley is the senior U.S. senator from Iowa and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.


On Friday, the Supreme Court will meet to decide whether to hear a case (NPPC & AFBF v. Ross, et al) that farmers in Iowa and nationwide will watch very closely. The case relates to California’s Proposition 12, a law that imposes stricter housing rules for food animals sold into the state.


This includes chickens, the eggs they lay, and other barnyard critters raised for food. The law’s affects will hit pork producers hardest.


Iowa is the nation’s top pork producer. California comes nowhere close, yet its proposed regulations put restrictions on how pork producers in all other states raise hogs.


For every pig raised in California, 235 are raised in Iowa. With California’s lack of production, I’m baffled that the Golden State should have any say in how Iowa hog producers raise pigs.


In 2008, California voters approved mandatory standards for housing pigs on California farms. The standards were impractical, which may be why so few pigs are raised in California.


In 2018, California voters went further with Prop. 12. With 15% of total national pork consumption, Californians are trying to use their state’s massive market to impose regulations on pig farmers nationwide...


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