Ernst blasts Prop 12, says the law will harm agriculture

A U.S. Senator from Iowa says she’s continuing to push back against California’s Proposition 12 law.

Republican Joni Ernst says tells Brownfield Prop 12 will be harmful to food production and the ag economy.

“We aren’t going to be able to sell across the United States. You think about these owners and growers and how they would have to target their operations to specific states. It becomes too expensive to do and they’ll just simply choose not to send their products into those states.”

During a recent House Ag Committee hearing, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the law could create chaos in the marketplace, a statement Ernst says was needed from the Biden administration.

“I’m glad he acknowledges that because it is going to create havoc and if you look at Prop 12 in California, you have other states out there right now that are coming up with their own versions of Proposition 12.”

Prop 12 went into full effect in January and it bans the sale of pork, veal, and eggs in California from animals anywhere in the country whose confinement does not meet minimum space requirements.

Ernst spoke to Brownfield at a recent townhall event in Pella, Iowa.

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