Drummond Calls on Congress to Pass EATS Act
Ponca City Now - August 22, 2023 6:24 am
Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond
OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 16, 2023) — Attorney General Gentner Drummond is calling on U.S. Congressional leadership to pass the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act. The bill prevents California from burdening farmers and ranchers across the country with radical anti-agriculture regulations.
“It is outrageous that California should have the authority to impose its regulations on Oklahoma farmers and ranchers,” Drummond said. “As a fifth-generation rancher myself, I will always fight for my fellow farmers and ranchers. I will fight for our state’s right to regulate agriculture within our own jurisdiction, free from the interference of other states.”
In a recent letter to Congressional leaders, Drummond and 15 other state attorneys general advocated for passage of the EATS Act. In 2018, California passed Proposition 12, a law that requires out-of-state pork producers to comply with strict farming regulations if they want to sell their products in the state. California accounts for approximately 13 percent of the nation’s pork consumption and has major influence over the market. Proposition 12 sets harsh regulations that spike prices for consumers and may force many pork producers who are unable to comply with the new standards to close their businesses.
Read the full letter here.