With Gov. Stephen Sisolak’s touch on June 4, Nevada united Utah, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, by mandating cage-free eggs.
There only 1 problem. There are not any commercial egg producers in Nevada, nor are any likely to set up businesses there. Jerry Wilkins from Colorado’s Morning Fresh Farms visited Carson City in April to endorse the bill.
“In many ways, we are you’local’ egg supplier and have a vested interest in making sure Nevadans can continue to enjoy fresh farm eggs from this area that are humane, safe, and affordable,” said Wilkins.
Wilkins said it costs millions of dollars to convert to cage-free eggs. Morning Fresh Farms supports Nevada moving cage-free in the name of a more secure egg distribution and developing a level playing field.
More than 200 retail and restaurant chains say they currently prefer cage-free eggs, accounting for approximately 25 percent of the current sector. Five decades past, cage-free production accounted for about 6% of egg earnings.
The Nevada Farm Bureau (NFB) started out opposing Nevada Assembly Bill (AB) 399. Executive Vice President Doug Busselman said NFB ended up no longer in opposition to the cage-free bill during the legislative process.
That’s because the Humane Society of the United States agreed to remove all requirements of the cage-free invoice from egg producers with 3,000 or fewer laying hens. “Our opposition was based on the impacts of Nevada’s small backyard and small egg producers,” Busselman said.
With no commercial-size egg producers in Nevada and no battery cage systems in use, NFB was fulfilled in just cutting small producers from the bill’s coverage. Three thousand laying hens or less is commonly used as the definition of a small manufacturer.
The Nevada Restaurant Association was likewise impartial AB 399 but questioned the timing of an action that likely raises the cost of a staple food on an industry in need of time to recuperate after being devastated by the outbreak.
Another out-of-state egg producer, NuCal Foods of California, also was present in Nevada to lobby for the invoice.
“This trend toward cage-free eggs is driven in large part by the customer and sometimes pushed along by animal advocacy groups,” states NuCal’s Jim Van Gorkom.
NuCal has supplied Nevada with new shell eggs”fo