Iowa Settles Corporate Farming Lawsuit By Texas Hog Farm

Posted on Apr 22, 2013

A Texas hog farm that sued Iowa over an often-challenged law that prohibits meat processors from owning livestock has agreed to guarantee certain rights to local farmers in exchange for the state not enforcing the law, the attorney general said Friday.

Texas Farm, a hog producer based in based in Perryton, Texas, became the latest company to sue the state over the law earlier this month. The law is designed to keep large corporate meatpackers from controlling livestock farming, a practice known as vertical integration, but the company says it unconstitutionally protects local businesses.