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Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

Officials are one step closer to finalizing regulations on commercial-scale farms in Montgomery County, after the county plan commission selected members for a confined feeding operation study committee Monday.

The plan commission selected 13 members for the committee: four farmers, four rural residents, two realtors, two school officials and one member of the plan commission itself – Ashley Adair.

Adair says her goal is to both research the impact of CFOs and to get community input.

Purdue University researchers are releasing new findings about how Indiana counties regulate big livestock farms, in hopes of determining what rules work best to help farmers get along with their neighbors.

Paul Ebner’s team at Purdue has spent years mapping out the wide range of zoning rules counties use to regulate confined animal feeding operations – known as CFOs – and their bigger, more concentrated counterparts, called CAFOs.

New rules affect IN livestock, poultry producers

Jul 9, 2012
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

While Indiana livestock and poultry producers are concerned with the hot weather, many might have winter on their minds.

Rules that just took effect prohibit most large-scale operators from spreading animal manure on frozen or snow-covered fields.

Tamilee Nennich is a nutrient management specialist with Purdue Extension. She says producers should be prepared to store manure longer.