July 25, 2023


South Dakota, US pork producers still deciding how to deal with California's Prop 12, says industry official




US state South Dakota's pork producers are preparing for California's Proposition 12 to go into effect at the end of the year, said Glenn Muller, executive director of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council.


Muller told Brownfield that producers are trying to decide if it's worth it to adjust their production and comply with Proposition 12 requirements.


"There are some producers who are willing to make additional investments, but there is a cost associated with that," Muller explained. "There has to be a premium offered for the product that meets those compliance requirements. That's the delicate balance we have right now. If you're willing to pay a premium, you can establish the standards."


Proposition 12 would require livestock to be raised under strict production practices. Muller said national organisations are working with the California Ag Department and Attorney General to better understand the regulation before the full implementation at the end of the year.


"Currently, they're trying to work through the food already in the channels. How do we make sure those folks aren't penalised and that the California residents have an adequate supply of pork for their needs," Muller noted.


He said producers should work with companies to understand any contract changes that take place due to Prop 12.


"Make sure you get a premium for your products so it will be self supporting and that you have a long-term agreement with those folks to supply those needs, if you choose," Muller added. "As a whole, we're still looking at freedom of choice and let the economy drive the market."


Muller said the council remains optimistic for production standards to be unified across the United States through federal legislation. 

- Brownfield Ag News

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