Indiana Senate Panel Considers Banning Local Limits on Factory Farms

Indiana Senate Panel Considers Banning Local Limits on Factory Farms

An Indiana Senate committee is set to consider a bill that would prohibit local governments from placing restrictions on large livestock farms in many rural areas.

The Senate Agriculture Committee scheduled a public hearing Monday at the Statehouse to discuss the bill.

The measure sponsored by committee Chairwoman Jean Leising (LEYE'-sing), an Oldenburg Republican, would stop counties and other local governments from adopting any rules more stringent than state laws on building livestock structures in areas zoned for agricultural use. The bill responds to various Indiana counties that have sought moratoriums on large farms.

Opponents say the proposal would wrongly strip away local authority over sprawling livestock farms that can house thousands of hogs or cows and produce large amounts of animal waste.

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Chambersburg, PA
1/13/2015 08:15 AM

  John, I don't think this is about eliminating oversight. This is about having uniform oversight. PA currently has this kind of law on the books. It says local gov't can have local ordinances that are no more stringent than state regulations (with regards to Nutrient Management). The issue you encounter with local gov't ordinanaces is that many farmers farm across more than one township (or parrish, etc.) If every local gov't is different, that can be a headache to keep up. Having a uniform set of regulations can help make it easier for farmers to know what the regulations are.

Byrdstown, TN
1/12/2015 01:59 PM

  Sometimes us farmers need some oversight. We tend to do too good of job sometimes and forget our duty as land, air, and water Stewarts.


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