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Pork producers anticipate fallout from SCOTUS decision

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the challenge to a lawthat imposes restrictions on the sale of pork in California. The law approved by California voters says pork sold in that state must come from breeding pigs that have enough room to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs.

As the country's number one pork-producer, this could mean big changes for Iowa. On this episode of River to River, pork producers offer different perspectives on the decision, and an ISU agriculture economist discusses the potential impact.


  • Katie Peikes, IPR and Harvest Public Media reporter
  • Trish Cook Iowa Pork Producers Association president and farmer in Buchanan County
  • Ron Mardesen, Niman Ranch farmer near Elliot
  • Lee Schulz, ISU associate professor of economics
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Caitlin Troutman is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio