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

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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

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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 »

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 »