April 19, 2018

Delaware County Considers New Livestock Farm Rules

Swine in an Iowa animal feeding operation. - Kent Becker, USGS/public domain

Swine in an Iowa animal feeding operation.

Kent Becker, USGS/public domain

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana county is weighing new rules for livestock farms after a state agency's recent approval of a 10,000-hog farm.

Delaware County commissioners introduced an amendment Monday to zoning ordinances that would restrict where future livestock farms can be built.

The Star Press reports the proposals follow the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's approval of a farm with 10,000 hogs. Manure would be used for fertilizer.

The proposed changes for concentrated animal feeding operations include buffers between farms and people living nearby.

The changes also include a proposal to increase the distance between manure lagoons and drinking water wells.

Delaware County's plan commission will vote on the proposals before the county commissioners consider giving them final approval.

Support independent journalism today. You rely on WFYI to stay informed, and we depend on you to make our work possible. Donate to power our nonprofit reporting today. Give now.

 

 

Related News

Indianapolis breaks annual homicide record over weekend
Ag barometer: Rising fertilizer costs continue to concern farmers
Thanksgiving holiday travel may be impacted by road construction projects