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CAFO Alert: HEC Hosting Workshop for Residents of Blackford, Jay & Randolph

Hoosier Environmental Council to Host Feb. 22nd Workshop to Help Residents Address CAFO Air and Water Concerns in Blackford, Jay, and Randolph Counties

Hartford City, IN – There are a number of confined feeding operations (CAFOs/CFOs) in eastern Indiana, especially within Jay, Randolph, and Blackford counties.  These confined feeding operations are raising serious concerns for area residents about impacts on their community due to the odors, air emissions and water pollution often associated with these giant livestock factories.

To discuss how best to address these concerns, the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) will be hosting a free workshop Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Room  in the Hartford City Hall Building, 700 North Walnut Street, Hartford City, IN 47348.  Featured speakers will include Kim Ferraro, staff attorney, Hoosier Environmental Council, Barbara Sha Cox, founder of Indiana CAFO Watch, and Steve Peckinpaugh of the CAC Education Fund.

People who live near large industrial livestock operations are encouraged to come, along with others concerned about the pollution impacts to the community.  Participants will leave with a well-rounded understanding of  technical and policy issues, and will have also have an opportunity to network with other residents and discuss possible local solutions.

“The goal is to teach citizens everything they need to know to have an informed, productive discussion about these operations with local governing bodies,” said Kim Ferraro, agriculture policy director and staff attorney for the Hoosier Environmental Council, who will be presenting at the workshop.  “We aim to empower citizens with the knowledge they need to be effective at public hearings about these operations, as well as the know-how to propose local ordinances that would better plan for their development.”

Presentations will cover local government, zoning laws and environmental regulations so attendees will understand local government processes and their legal rights.  The workshop will also focus on related issues including satellite manure storage.

The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

To register go to or contact HEC’s Valparaiso office at (219) 464-0104, or by email at

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