The Humane Society of the United States is working to make sure the final farm bill does not contain a provision that prohibits states from regulating the sale of farm products from other states due to objections about how they were produced. HSUS Ag outreach director Joe Maxwell says the amendment offered by Iowa Congressman Steve King is too broad a measure and gives the federal government too much power.
Maxwell says King’s amendment threatens 150 state laws and affects not only farmers and ranchers but also consumers.
HSUS believes King’s provision is aimed at standards on eggs sold in California following a state initiative that sets cage sizes for egg laying chickens. The Senate farm bill does not contain this type of measure.