2018-05-16 / Front Page

CAFO public forum scheduled

By Debbie Lowe
Staff writer

Carroll County Commissioners will hold a public forum to allow community members to weigh in on increased or decreased restrictions for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), also known as industrial farming operations. Audience members will be able to discuss public health issues as well as economic development concerns regarding land usage.

The meeting will be held May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carroll Circuit Courtroom.

A letter appeared in the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce online Newsletter Tuesday afternoon about the public forum. According to writer Miriam Robeson, “In scheduling this Public Forum, the Commissioners are yielding to pressure from a small group of folks who are strongly opposed to agriculture - and particularly livestock agriculture - and who are seeking to dramatically curtail existing agriculture operations and halt future livestock barns in Carroll County.”

Robeson indicated in the letter that it is critical readers attend this meeting in support of agriculture. She said production agriculture and livestock agriculture are industries which are highly regulated by state and national agencies. Robeson also stated the general public is unaware and naive about how farms operate within the regulatory environment. She said some community members have tightly-held misconceptions and wildlyinaccurate notions about how farmers treat their animals, their neighbors, and the environment.

According to Robeson, the Carroll County Agriculture Association is hosting a meeting May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carroll County Event and Education Center (former 4-H Building), in the meeting room. Josh Trenary from Indiana Pork and Greg Slipher from Indiana Farm Bureau will be present to share their extensive experience in the most effective way for the Agriculture industry to participate in the Public Forum and to provide professional and reasoned responses to misinformation perpetrated by the Anti- Ag folks.

The next Commissioners meeting will be May 21 at 9 a.m. in room 209 of the courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.

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