The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is tasked with developing and reinforcing the regulations of Proposition 12 (Prop 12).Prop 12 was passed in 2018 by California voters and sets confinement standards for laying hens, veal calves, and breeding pigs. Regulation of Prop 12 will go into effect on January 1, 2022.
The current regulations proposed by CDFA would require a tremendous amount of paperwork and tracing by both fairs and hog processing facilities in California.
Youth swine projects are usually the largest by number within our livestock barn.Students in suburban or urban areas raise hogs, because they have a low initial investment and can be housed at school facilities. Without an exemption, these students would lose the opportunity to participate in an introductory agriculture experience.
Recent FAQ documents from CDFA state only those animals sold for resale will have the duty to provide compliance documents.In reality, all students will be required to provide compliance documents because few, if any, exhibitors know who their buyer will be when they initiate their project.
Creating an additional burden on resale animals will ultimately cause those buyers to walk away for fair auctions.We have been told by many of our ‘resale buyers’ that without a clear exemption in the regulations, they will no longer purchase swine projects.
Finally, the additional burden placed on our fair livestock show staff will be extraordinary.We rely on volunteers to assist with our livestock show due to a limited number of staff.The potential liability facing us from this regulation will force us to reevaluate our future livestock shows.
While we realize CDFA did not create this issue, we are confident it can be addressed by the addition clear exemption language in Article 4 of the regulation.