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NPPC Continues Fight Against Prop 12

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It’s been a challenging year for pork. The National Pork Producers Council says input costs were up about 60 percent from where they were three years ago. And the price of pork isn’t supporting that. Unfortunately, the challenges don’t stop there. NPPC President Scott Hays says patchwork regulations around the country are a growing issue. California’s Proposition 12 is an example of how a state was successful in passing a rule that requires farmers meet more stringent regulations in order to sell meat and egg products in that state. The Wisconsin Pork Association says California consumes about 15 percent of U.S. pork. Prop 12 went into effect on July 1, and that means if producers want to sell to the California market, they have to comply. Hays says California is just the beginning - more states are considering similar action, such as Massachusetts and New York. He gives us a view from the farmgate about what it means for pork producers.

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