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State Discusses Large Animal Feeding Operations Permits

The Department of Environmental Management held an informational session Wednesday to address concerns over recently filed permits.

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The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is trying to inform the public about permits that were filed for large animal feeding operations.

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management discussed five new permits filed with the state to open or expand large Animal Feeding Operations at an informational session in Warsaw on Wednesday, Aug. 10.

The applications are for Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permits that must be filed with the state in order to feed and house large animals.

While it was not a public hearing, the Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) officials got an earful from Kosiuscko County residents like Mark Vance, who says he’s not anti-agriculture, but believes waste from some CAFOs pose a threat.

“[We're concerned] for our lakes, for the environment, for the air and decrease in property value and just public health in general,” he said.

Ryan Sand, one of the farmers looking to expand his family’s hog farm, says he came to the meeting to help clear up misinformation about his family’s operation.

“We ask people to come and find us if they want to learn about stuff,” Sands said. “Don’t read the Internet. If you want to know the facts, come and find a farmer.”

IDEM is currently taking written public comment about CAFOs in the permitting process.

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