Indiana Cattleman Feel Fenced-in by CAFO Legislation

US - Proposed Legislation that would increase regulations and inspections of Hoosier livestock facilities continues to move through the Indiana General Assembly. Senate Bill 431 passed on Second Reading in the State Senate on Monday, but with several amendments. House Bill 1197 has passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. These various bills deal with increasing inspections and fees as well as limiting where new livestock operations can be located. Barry Jordan, a cattleman from Jasper County, told Hoosier Ag Today many Indiana producers perceive the legislation as anti-animal agriculture. “They seem to have an anti animal agriculture feel to them, or atleast a deep concern about animal agriculture,” he said.
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Jordan stressed that cattlemen are very supportive of efforts to insure environmental quality and provide consumers with confidence in the livestock industry. But he worries that too many regulations will make it impossible to raise beef in the state, “As producers we want to do the things that protect the environment around us but at the same time we need to have practical standards that make it possible for us to produce beef.” He urged his fellow producers to get involved and educate legislators and consumers about the Indiana beef industry.

While the state legislature is considering statewide rules, local county governments are taking action in their areas that impact animal agriculture. Jordan said producers must be engaged on the local level, too. “We have a great story and we as cattle producers have to get engaged and let people know because environmental stewardship is one of our points.”

Gary Vogt, Vice President of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association said, producers in almost every state are facing similar battles, “There is no state that is exempt from regulations on how to grow food.” He told HAT the cattle industry does not need government enforced regulations. He said cattlemen know what is best and will do it voluntarily.

Source: Hoosier Ag Today
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