2024 Farm bill clears house, targets prop 12 issues

May 24, 2024

By Farms.com

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee recently approved the 2024 Farm Bill, which includes critical amendments aimed at addressing the challenges posed by California’s Proposition 12. This proposition, which sets specific standards for pork production, has significantly impacted the industry, leading to price surges and regulatory hurdles for producers outside California.

Lori Stevermer, President of the National Pork Producers Council, praised the committee’s bipartisan effort, highlighting the bill as a crucial step toward preventing a fragmented regulatory environment across the U.S. The bill’s comprehensive scope includes not only modifications to address Prop 12 but also enhancements in several other key areas:

  • Continued support for essential measures to prevent foreign animal diseases, crucial for maintaining national food safety.
  • Increased funding for programs that boost U.S. pork’s market access, ensuring competitive edge and sustainability.
  • Support for feral swine eradication efforts, which are vital for protecting agricultural and ecological health.
  • Establishment of the National Detector Dog Training Center, which bolsters early threat detection capabilities at national ports.

With these provisions, the 2024 Farm Bill aims to strengthen the U.S. pork industry by providing the necessary tools and resources to navigate current and future challenges.

As the bill now moves to the Senate, the pork community remains hopeful for swift action to ensure long-term stability and growth for producers and consumers nationwide.

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