Ala. joins agricultural lawsuit against California

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has joined a lawsuit to block California from imposing its own agricultural standards on out-of-state producers.

State Attorney General Luther Strange said Thursday that Alabama is looking to prevent California from requiring that only eggs from chickens housed in large, roomy cages be sold in the state.

Alabama is one of the country's top egg producers and a USDA factsheet shows the state produced more than 2.1 billion eggs in 2012.

Strange says California voters passed a proposition requiring farmers to provide free ranges or larger cages for their chickens. Citing fears that the law would put California farmers at a disadvantage, Strange says the state added provisions making the law apply to out-of-state producers as well.

Strange says officials from four other states argue the law is unconstitutional.