2017-09-13 / Local News

State initiates study committee for CAFOs

Public is invited to provide input Sept. 19
By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

According to communication from Austin Spears, Fiscal Analyst for the Legislative Services Agency (LSA), an interim study committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources was convened Aug. 29 in the Indiana Statehouse. Testimony concerning a comparison of federal versus state Confined/Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) regulations was presented by Julia Wickard of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Jeff Cummins, of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture discussed home rule, provided testimony about financial feasibility, economic development and nutrition management from the state’s perspective.

CAFO regulations in other states were presented as was the economic impact of animal agriculture by a representative of the Indiana Soybean Alliance/Corn Growers Association.

Public testimony will be solicited at the group’s second meeting which will be Sept. 19 at 10 a.m. in Statehouse Room 431. The agenda for the meeting can be found at https:// iga. in. gov/ documents/ e22fe850.

According to the published agenda, the committee will hear presentations and public testimony concerning CAFOs and CFOs. Testimony may be limited at the discretion of the Chair. If an attendee wishes to make a digital presentation while testifying during this meeting, they should notify the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) no later than two regular business days prior to the meeting date in order to assure appropriate equipment is available at the meeting site. Contact LSA at (317) 233-0696 and ask for Austin Spears to reserve equipment. A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation emailed to the LSA staff person or brought to the meeting on a memory card can be accommodated.

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