Prop 12 will create havoc on hog production

Hog Outlook: Farmers must adapt or find other markets as a California initiative dictates sow and gilt housing.


Kevin Schulz, NebraskaFarmer 

Nov 22, 2021


As we turn the calendar to 2022, there are many things hog producers need to keep on their radar. Even though we have a new year upon us, most of these issues are merely carried over from 2021, if not from even further back.


We are still experiencing hiccups in the supply chain, so it is imperative to maintain or find new markets for U.S. pork products. Maintaining those markets may become even more difficult by what California voters decided in November 2018.


As of this writing, unless some last-ditch efforts are successful to halt the implementation of Proposition 12, an initiative that could change the way pigs across America are raised, it goes into effect Jan. 1. The National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, as well as numerous states, asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the law’s constitutionality.


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