Are you familiar with California’s Egg Rule? In 2008, Proposition 2 of the Egg Rule was approved by voters which banned the sale of eggs in California unless hens had a minimum amount of space in which to lay their eggs. A couple of years after the Rule approval, legislature enacted a statute applying Proposition 2 to all eggs sold in the State of California, regardless of where they were laid. The State of Missouri took issue with this statute because about one third of the eggs laid in Missouri are sold in California. Last week, Mark Arnold (Partner in our Food and Agribusiness team) details why Missouri is challenging the California Egg Rule. Visit our Food and Ag Law Insights blog to read the full article.

the_usda_organic_seal_articleAfter more than a decade of delays, the USDA reports that it will propose organic standards for the production of fish and shellfish in 2015. Read more here and here. reports on the sale of 441 acres of certified organic farmland in Nebraska that averaged $8,426 per acre.

The USDA reported on continued growth of the organic industry with 19,474 certified organic operations in the United States and a total of 27,814 certified operations globally.

Tilth Producers of Washington has been named to the Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council. Read more here.

Ireland announces new subsidies for Irish farmers transitioning conventional land to organic agriculture.