House Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Dave Wolkins decided not to hear a bill this session that deals with confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.
The Hoosier Environmental Council wants to reach out to conservative voters to help accomplish its goals as it heads into the 2018 legislative session.
Critics are hopeful the legislature will impose rules to lessen the environmental affects of CAFOs next year.
A legislative study committee took nearly six hours of public testimony Tuesday on confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.
The Whitley County Plan Commission settled on a half mile setback for CAFOs from large county lakes.
The decision comes a year after families appealed to the county and then the state about the impact of large hog farms on their home values.
The researchers sought correlations between certain rules, demographics and complaints against CAFOs, hoping to determine the best ways to reduce conflict.
Bartholomew County may try the unusual tactic of a residential property tax deduction to ease tensions between large livestock farms and nearby residents.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management requires operations with more than 300 cattle to get a permit.
A patchwork of rules regulates concentrated animal feeding operations throughout the state. But in White County, they're working to protect their waterways.