Minnesota Pork CEO expects some producers to “pause” as Supreme Court takes up Prop 12
The CEO of Minnesota Pork expects some pork producers to take a “wait and see” approach now that the Supreme Court plans to hear the case on Proposition 12.
David Preisler tells Brownfield it’s not a “slam dunk” the Court will side with the National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau.
“So I don’t know that pork producers would necessarily change anything that they already have, (but) there may be some folks that just take a little pause and wait to see how this turns out. And I think we’re generally seeing that anyway.”
He says labor shortages, high feed and construction costs, and other factors make it difficult to build or remodel a pig farm.
“We’re just not seeing much for construction going on at all because of a whole host of other things that are going on, and then also with the unknown of Prop 12.”
The California ballot initiative that passed in 2018 requires more stringent housing standards that few pork producers are currently compatible with.