County considers tighter rules on confined animal feeding operations


Jackson County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that would tighten restrictions on large-scale livestock farms, also known as confined animal feeding operations, such as this hog barn. / Photo courtesy of Purdue University


Jackson County commissioners have begun discussions about tightening regulations governing the location of large-scale livestock farms.

A draft ordinance, presented to commissioners by county attorney Susan Bevers, is part of an attempt to find what commissioners president Jerry Hounshel describes as a “happy medium” between the farm community and the general public.

“I think a lot of people would agree that our regulations are not tight enough,” Hounshel said.

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