The price of eggs, a subject that does not belong to political advertisements

I’ve followed politics closely enough over the years to know one thing, if a re-election candidate is a member of the political party opposing the one in power, there’s a good chance they’ll find something wrong , and blame them.

Even though I don’t live in the congressional district of Representative Ron EstesR-Kansas, I live close enough that his TV and radio commercials can be seen and heard in my home.

And Estes, of all things, insinuates in his ads that the Biden administration and Democrats controlling Congress are to blame for high egg prices.

Notice that the presidential administration still has some impact on farm product prices, these ads seem to ignore something that I assume Estes already knows: the main reason egg prices are higher than normal is that supply is down due to highly pathogenic avian influenza (IAHP).

Let’s take a look at what has happened on this front so far in 2022. HPAI has affected 24 flocks of laying hens resulting in the depopulation of 34,422,800 million laying hens. If you look at the layer breeders and the pullet flocks, that’s six more flocks and another 1,099,700 birds out of the supply chain because of HPAI.

I have checked numerous sources that examine egg price trends, and while brief mentions are made of other factors, by far the biggest common denominator is the lack of supply caused by HPAI.

It was the same story with egg prices in 2015, the last time there was a major HPAI outbreak in America. Do voters have such short memories that they won’t remember them? Some, maybe, but not all.

What’s disappointing is that Estes should already have at least some understanding of the egg industry. After all, it was a co-sponsor of the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), also known as the King Amendment, which, if passed, would have prevented states like California from imposing its cageless egg production standards on how eggs are produced in other states.

He even answered questions about PICA earlier this year at the Kansas Grain and Feed Association Annual Meeting. But, Estes, at that same event, probably spent as much time poking the opposing side as he did discussing topics that were actually relevant to the feed and grain industry.

I understand and even respect that a lot of people don’t share my intolerance of partisanship in politics, but I hope most people share my intolerance of people trying to do something that isn’t not a political issue and approve of misleading policies. ads.

If Estes wants to attack the opposing party in his political ads, that’s his prerogative. But there are other more justifiable topics he could cover to do it and do it credibly.

Jessica C. Bell