Iowa egg farm fire kills 150,000 hens

A Sunday evening fire at an egg farm in northern Iowa has killed 150-thousand hens.  No farm employees were injured.  The fire at the Centrum Valley Farms’ operation in Galt began in a barn where 75-thousand hens were housed.  Smoke from the fire also killed 75-thousand hens in an adjacent barn.  As of Monday afternoon,… Read more »

HSUS criticizes, Heineman fires back

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is criticizing the effort to block California’s law dictating how eggs that enter that state are being produced. HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle accuses state officials of “political grandstanding” and “wasting taxpayer dollars,” He also accuses those states of “trying to force sub-standard products on California… Read more »

Nebraska joins Missouri’s lawsuit against California

The state of Nebraska is joining Missouri’s lawsuit challenging California’s egg production standards.  Specifically, that lawsuit seeks to block a California law requiring egg producers in other states to adhere to California’s larger cage size standards for egg-laying hens.  Nebraska is not a major egg-producing state, ranking only 12th nationally.  But Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman… Read more »

Iowa official predicts egg law challenge

Iowa secretary of agriculture Bill Northey says California’s law requiring other states to comply with California’s larger cage size requirements for egg-laying hens will not go unchallenged. “This will be addressed—Iowa is not going to back down and say that California can tell Iowa producers what to produce out here,” Northey says. “California can tell… Read more »

Koster’s drafting Egg Bill lawsuit

The Attorney General of Missouri who is drafting a lawsuit against the state of California and its so-called egg bill says he’s willing to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. Chris Koster told participants at the Missouri Governor’s Ag Conference that not only is the federal government encroaching on… Read more »

New egg facility locating in central Iowa

A new egg-producing operation is being built south of Hampton in Franklin County, Iowa. According to the Waterloo Courier, the business—called The Good Eggs LLC –is a 20-million dollar capital investment that will create 46 new jobs.  It will be managed by the same people that currently run the Ham & Eggs production operation in… Read more »

‘King amendment’ is part of House bill

The Farm Bill passed Wednesday night by the House Ag Committee includes the “Protect Interstate Commerce Act”, which would bar states from imposing their own animal-welfare standards on eggs, meat and other ag products brought in from other states. The amendment is aimed at preventing farmers in other states from having to comply with measures… Read more »

‘King amendment’ gains approval from House Ag Committee

In Wednesday’s House Ag Committee Farm Bill markup session, Iowa Representative Steve King was successful in attaching his “Protect Interstate Commerce Act”, which would bar states from imposing their own animal-welfare standards on eggs, meat and other ag products brought in from other states. The amendment is aimed at preventing farmers in other states from… Read more »

‘Egg bill’ not part of Senate Farm Bill draft

The initial draft of the Senate Farm Bill, released on Thursday, does not include the so-called “egg bill” language dictating cage size for egg-laying hens.  It confirms earlier speculation that Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow would drop her plan to include the controversial provision in the farm bill markup. But National Cattlemen’s Beef Association… Read more »

NCBA official: Egg bill fight not over

Even though Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow has apparently backed off on plans to incorporate the so-called “egg bill” language into the Senate Farm Bill markup, Colin Woodall of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) says the battle is far from over.  “Late word is the language has been removed,” Woodall says. “But now… Read more »