Looming California law will change hog-raising requirements. Des Moines pork expo officials say details are unclear


Tyler Jett, Des Moines Register (IA)

Jun 9, 2021


California is stressing out hog farmers.


During a news conference to kick off the World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Wednesday morning, industry executives criticized Golden State leaders for failing to help farmers prepare for a looming change.


At issue is Proposition 12, approved by California voters in 2018 and set to be implemented at the start of next year. The initiative bans the sale in California of uncooked pork from states where sows don't have pens measuring at least 24 square feet.


The rule applies to Iowa farmers who want their products to end up on Californians' dinner plates. It's one of several measures in the law aimed at using the market power of California's nearly 40 million residents the most of any state in the nation to force better treatment of livestock.


Since the law passed, all that's been left to iron out is the details. But those details are overdue, National Pork Producers Council officials said Wednesday.


California officials were supposed to publish official rules by Sept. 1, 2019. They missed their deadline but recently published a first draft. Now they have to wait for public comments. It's not clear when the final rules will get ironed out. Meanwhile, industry executives said Wednesday, farmers in Iowa, the nation's largest pork producer, and elsewhere aren't sure how to prepare...