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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Proposed Jay County CFO rules advance to next stage"

Ray Cooney, editor of the $$ Commercial Review, out of Portland, Indiana, has this story republished today in The Indiana Economic Digest, re proposed revisions to the Jay County confined feeding rules. A quote from the long story:

The only adjustment that the plan commission members in attendance did not pass unanimously was the reduction in the proposed setback for the largest confined feeding operations.

Plan commission member Matt Minnich advocated for the setback to be reduced to 1,100 feet, saying the proposed 1,320 was too restrictive and would severely limit the opportunity for livestock expansion.

A Purdue University study shows odors generally travel about 800 feet, Minnich said, arguing that given that data 1,320 feet seemed like overkill. He suggested the 1,100-foot mark as a compromise that he said would address concerns about odor while not being too limiting for livestock producers.

Fellow commission member Paula Confer responded by saying the 1,320 feet was already a compromise between the current 750 feet and a proposal of 2,000 feet.

The vote on Minnich’s suggested change split 3-3, with Eric Pursifull, Larry Temple and Minnich in favor while Shane Houck, Mike Rockwell and Confer voted against. As president of the commission, Zimmerman broke the tie by voting in favor of the
shorter setback.

“I don’t think the 220 (feet) is going to make that much difference,” said Zimmerman.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2016 10:52 AM
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