Koster’s office estimated that Missouri egg producers would have to pay $120 million to expand the size of their coops, and that production costs would rise 20 percent. Almost a third of the 1.7 billion eggs Missouri produces on a yearly basis goes to California.
“This is not an agriculture case, and it’s not just about egg production,” Koster told the Kansas City Star last week. “It’s about the tendency by California to press the boundaries of intrusion into an area protected by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”
What will happen is there will be a big jump in egg prices in CA. Smaller producers will ignore the CA market. The number of egg exporters will decrease, thus driving prices up even more.
No matter how you slice it, CA will end up with the short end of the stick.