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Cage-Free Laying Systems

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Robotics may be the answer to US labor shortage

A researcher at Georgia Tech discussed his work in creating a robot that can manage a commercial chicken house in order to minimize human work load and gather data to better inform management.
This robot can assess equipment, remove floor eggs, recognize mortality and give a qualitative analysis of birds and the environment.
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Protect Interstate Commerce Act reintroduced in 2019

Rep. Steve King continues push against states imposing animal production laws on other states, this time with help from key Democrat
U.S. Rep. Steve King has reintroduced the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), a piece of legislation that failed to gain full congressional approval as part of the 2014 and 2018 farm bills.
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Outgoing Michigan governor vetoes cage-free egg bill

Rick Snyder says there is insufficient scientific evidence that cage-free eggs are superior to conventional eggs in terms of animal welfare or food safety
In one of his last acts as governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would establish the effective date of requirements that all eggs produced in the state come from cage-free laying systems.
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Bill seeks delay of Michigan cage-free law effective date

Under new legislation approved by Michigan House and Senate, cage-free egg law would not take effect until 2025
The Michigan House of Representatives by a 79-29 vote has approved legislation that would postpone the effective date of a previously passed law that would require that all eggs produced in the state come from cage-free laying systems.
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Is it time to reconsider caging laying hens?

Consumer beliefs that cage-free egg production automatically leads to higher layer welfare do not stand up to scrutiny.
Choosing the right housing system for laying hens must consider a variety of demands, and cages may be the best option when considering competing concerns.
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California voters pass anti-cage Proposition 12

61 percent of votes cast in favor of law that calls for eggs produced or sold in the state to come from cage-free systems
California voters approved the Proposition 12 ballot measure, which calls for all eggs produced or sold in the state to come from cage-free laying systems by the end of 2021.
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