When California egg producers challenged the legal
validity of Proposition 2, a law regulating egg-laying hen
enclosures, they lost. Now the battle they fought is being
carried out by other states' farmers who will be prohibited
from selling to California if they don't allow their
chickens more room to lay eggs, either by making them free
range or providing more cage space. Involved in the lawsuit
are: Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky and
Iowa (#1 producer of eggs).
A "King Amendment" to the 2012 Farm Bill which would have exempted out-of-state egg farmers was struck down as the one concession to California's egg industry which says it needs a fighting chance to survive the new cage legislation. Voters chose overwhelmingly (63.5%) to support the legislation requiring more space for laying hens. Top Producing Counties: San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, and Kern counties. Petaluma in Sonoma county was once known as the egg basket of the world.