NPPC on California's Prop 12 and Cover Crop Challenges
**The decision by House lawmakers to include a reimbursement of the Commodity Credit Corporation in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America's farmers.
According to agrimarketing.com, funds from the CCC support farm programs ranging from conservation to risk management, but was dangerously close to running out of funds, which would have effectively shut down the farm safety net.
The measure passed and now goes to the Senate.
**The National Pork Producers Council and American Farm Bureau Federation filed their opening brief to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking to strike California’s Proposition 12 as invalid.
NPPC tells porkbusiness.com, Prop 12 imposes California’s preferred animal husbandry methods, sow housing requirements that almost no U.S. farmers use, on the producers of all pigs raised out-of-state.
Starting in 2022, Prop 12 will prohibit the sale of pork not produced according to California's production standards.
**American Farmland Trust has received a $2.6-million grant through the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation
Service On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials, a component of the Conservation Innovation Grants program to fund its “Conquering Cover Crop Challenges Coast to Coast” project.
Through 20 on-farm demonstration trials and a comprehensive soil, economic, and social evaluation system, AFT will test innovative solutions and generate five years of results to help overcome regional and crop-specific barriers to cover crop adoption.