Stabenow backs off, but egg bill fight is not over

Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow has apparently backed off on plans to incorporate the so-called “egg bill” into the Senate farm bill markup.  But Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, tells Brownfield that the battle is far from over. “Late word is the language has been removed,”… Read more »

The market potential for cage-free eggs

A new report on the market potential for cage-free eggs predicts accelerated growth in cage-free egg sales and profits.  The report was written by Oklahoma State University ag economics professors Dr. Jayson Lusk.  It is based on Lusk’s own research and his analysis of a consumer survey on egg buying practices commissioned by a group… Read more »

Nebraska Farm Bureau criticizes Stabenow’s ‘egg bill’ plan

The president of Nebraska Farm Bureau says federal legislation dictating the size of cages for egg-laying hens—the so-called Egg Bill—“has no place in the Farm Bill”. Steve Nelson says the fact that Senate Ag Committee chair Debbie Stabenow is reportedly proposing such a move is, in his words, “a slap in the face to American… Read more »

A rebound in egg consumption

After five years of decline, egg consumption in the U.S. is showing signs of a comeback. Back at the peak of the low-carb diet craze in 2006, each American consumed an average of 260 eggs annually.  But USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says after that it was downhill, “dropping to about 248 eggs per person… Read more »

HSUS reportedly trying to stop Prop 2 lawsuit

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reportedly has filed a motion to intervene and stop a lawsuit challenging Proposition 2, which regulates egg-laying hen cages in California. The lawsuit was filed in state court by the Association of California Egg Farmers. According to the Sacramento Bee newspaper, the HSUS, the main backer of… Read more »

Missouri, Iowa state legislators condemn ‘egg bill’

State legislators in Iowa and Missouri have filed parallel resolutions calling on the U.S. Congress to reject the so-called “egg bill. That’s the bill that would set federal standards for the size of cages for egg-laying hens. The Iowa resolution, HR 138, was introduced by state representative and House Majority Whip Erik Helland of Johnston. … Read more »

Red meat and egg production up in Ohio

The Ohio field office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) reports commercial red meat production in Ohio during February was up 4 percent from a year ago at 22.7 million pounds. Compared to February 2011 total live weight of cattle was 11.2 million pounds, up 6 percent, hogs showed a 4 percent increase to… Read more »

UEP head defends egg bill

The president and CEO of United Egg Producers (UEP), Gene Gregory, has  taken a lot of heat in recent months—mostly from other segments of animal agriculture—for UEP’s decision to compromise with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on the issue of cage size for egg-laying hens.  But Gregory continues to defend the compromise—and… Read more »

UEP chief on the ‘partnership’ with HSUS

The president and CEO of United Egg Producers (UEP), Gene Gregory, has received a lot of criticism in recent months—mostly from other segments of animal agriculture—for UEP’s decision to compromise with HSUS on the issue of cage size for egg-laying hens.  Gregory continues to defend the compromise—and the “egg bill” now pending in Congress—saying that… Read more »

AVMA exec board supports ‘egg bill’

The executive board of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has voted to support the controversial “egg bill” in Congress. That legislation, which would require the U.S. egg industry to convert hen housing from conventional cage systems to colony cages by the end of 2029, would implement an agreement made between The Humane Society of… Read more »