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Iowa State opens new poultry teaching and research farm

The new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm cost nearly $7 million and was made possible solely through private funding.
The new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm includes dedicated spaces for teaching and research and a welcome area where visitors can see firsthand examples of Iowa egg production systems and learn about Iowa egg production.
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15 states file legal brief challenging Proposition 12

California does not have the right to regulate how farmers in other states raise animals for food production, attorneys general contend
Fifteen state attorneys general filed a legal brief in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, supporting a lawsuit by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) that challenges California’s Proposition 12, enacted by that state’s voters in 2018.
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Arizona cage-free egg bill advances

House gives preliminary approval to bill that would eventually mandate the production and sale of cage-free eggs in the state
A bill in Arizona that would mandate that only cage-free eggs produced and sold in the state has advanced in the state’s legislature.
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Maine Heritage Policy Center: Egg legislation ridiculous

Trying to mandate cage-free eggs is one thing, but to present it as an ‘emergency’ is another, government watchdog says
A proposed bill that would mandate that all eggs raised and sold in Maine is under consideration, and one government watchdog didn’t pull any punches when describing his opinions about it.
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Hillandale: Maine cage-free bill’s timeline unrealistic

Proposed legislation would require that all eggs sold and produced in Maine after December 31, 2024, come from cage-free operations
Hillandale Farms has concerns that it a bill that would outlaw the production and sale of cage-raised eggs in Maine does not have realistic timelines.
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Additional cage-free hens increase total US hen flock

Even with passage of legislation calling for cage-free hen housing passing in 6 states, US egg producers still predict that more than half of the US hens will be in cages in 2025.
Exclusive survey of U.S. egg producers reveals plans for future hen housing and estimates for cage-free housing conversions.
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Top 20 US egg producers in 2020

Learn more about the companies WATT Global Media ranked as the top egg producers in 2020.
The top 20 U.S. egg producers, according to data from Egg Industry’s Top Egg Company Survey.
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Jury rejects suit claiming conspiracy to hike egg prices

After a day and a half of deliberations, federal jury rules against supermarkets’ claims
A class-action lawsuit that claimed a conspiracy to limit the United States egg supply and drive up prices was rejected on December 12 by a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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Michigan cage-free egg bill signed into law

Signed by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, SB 174 amends Michigan Animal Industry Act, ensuring laying hens will be cage free by 2025
A newly passed law in Michigan will require that all eggs that are produced or sold in Michigan be produced in cage-free laying systems by 2025.
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