NewsPublic Affairs / January 28, 2019

Delaware County Adopts Industrial Livestock Farm Regulations

Nick Janzen/IPB News, file

Nick Janzen/IPB News, file

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana county has adopted regulations for industrial livestock production despite opposition from opponents who call the controls too weak.

The ordinance approved last week by Delaware County Commissioners was prompted by a proposed 10,560-head hog farm that's currently tied up in court.

The Star Press reports that agricultural advocates say the ordinance is too restrictive for large livestock farms, which are also known as concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

But Ball State University urban planning professor Bruce Frankel says the ordinance lacks control for CAFOs along the Cardinal Greenway recreational trail that crosses the county.

The county's commissioners said that a compromise ordinance was better than no regulations. Commissioner James King says, "We can't make everybody happy" and the new ordinance could always be amended later.

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