Monday, October 13, 2014
Ind. Gov't. - "No moratorium on new CAFOs in Jackson County: Won't emulate neighboring Bartholomew"
That is the headline to this story by Aubrey Woods of the Seymour Tribune (via Ind. Econ. Digest). It begins:
Jackson County farmers interested in building a concentrated animal feeding operation will not face a ban similar to one recently imposed against such farms in Bartholomew County.
Commissioners decided against imposing a moratorium on large livestock operations after discussing the issue with county attorney Susan Bevers.
Bevers said she recently spoke with the attorney working with Bartholomew County commissioners about that county’s one-year moratorium enacted in early September after two farmers requested variances to operate CAFOs.
She said the attorney, Grant Tucker, told her he’s not sure why Bartholomew County’s ban has not been challenged except it was enacted during a time when there were no applications for CAFOs.
“He’s not sure it will stand up to a challenge,” Bevers said during a commissioners meeting Tuesday morning at the courthouse annex.
The moratorium includes new operations or additions to existing operations.
Commissioners President Jerry Hounshel said he asked Bevers to explore the issue after the commissioners’ Sept. 16 meeting.