Central Indiana county approves livestock farm restrictions

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP): A central Indiana county has approved new restrictions on big livestock farms limiting where those farms with hundreds or thousands of animals can be built.

The ordinance approved this week by the Bartholomew County commissioners takes effect immediately for concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

The (Columbus) Republic reports it calls for CAFOs to be built no closer than a quarter-mile from schools, health care facilities and churches, and 500 feet from residential lots in areas zoned for agriculture.

New farms must also be at least a 500 feet from any water well.

Commissioner Larry Kleinhenz says the ordinance provides more protections for residents.
The setbacks are considered a compromise between livestock producers and residents worried about the health and environmental impacts of livestock farms’ smells, dust and runoff.

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