Prop 12 solutions beyond EATS Act
Congressional opponents of California’s Proposition 12 are considering alternative solutions for pork producers if federal legislation fails.
U.S. House Agriculture Committee member Angie Craig tells Brownfield the EATS Act, which would prevent states from regulating interstate trade and agricultural practices, faces significant hurdles in Congress.
“Look, this has been such a challenging time for pork producers around the country. And there are a couple of things that me and my team have been looking at. Number one, are there grant dollars that we can put together to help them comply? California is a big market.”
The Minnesota Democrat says she’s concerned about the impact Prop 12 could have on pork exports because a lot of product goes through California.
“So is there a way that we can help get that pork through California just for exports? So there’s some things we’re looking at if we can’t address the broader issue that would be helpful I think to pork producers.”
Brownfield interviewed Craig following a meeting with her Farmer Advisory Council Thursday in Farmington, Minnesota.
There’s been ongoing debate in Washington about whether the EATS Act should be included in the next farm bill.