Write to Plan Commission

Judging from social media comments, many members of the ag community feel that our organization is anti-farm. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of us have lived alongside family farms for decades, and farmers in northern Whitley County have generally been very responsive to concerns about water quality and public health in and around the lakes. They are our neighbors and friends and, in some cases, family members.

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Letters and Meetings

The Hinen CFO has been approved by IDEM, Whitley County has issued a building permit and Whitley Water Matters is weighing its legal options. In the meantime, permission for another CFO, located less than a half mile from Goose Lake is being sought. This poultry CFO would require a rezoning from Agriculture (AG) to Agriculture Production (AGP) and would be the first AGP-zoned area in Whitley County. We are not opposed to AGP zoning in Whitley County, but we strongly believe that AGP zones must be located well away from residential areas and, most importantly, the lakes and waterways of northern Whitley County.

WWM: What we are and what we are not

This past September 19 a local agricultural businessman told the Indiana State Legislature’s Interim Study Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources, “Today, our county’s (Whitley) agriculture producers are challenged with a group (Whitley Water Matters) trying to change the structure of county governance on agricultural land that has been in production for decades.”

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2019 Legislative Alert

We ask for your assistance in contacting Representative Chris Judy to join or at least support HB 1378. On HB 1378 Environmental Affairs House Committee Chairman Wolkins has promised to give the bill a hearing, however, at this time it has not been scheduled. 

HB 1378 has been introduced to give IDEM the authority it currently lacks to regulate the noxious air emissions released at factory farm and to deny a permit to a new or expanding factory farm that, if allowed, would endanger human health or the environment. 

Please read a brief analysis of the bill’s provision at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2019/bills/house/1378#digest-heading.  

As you review this summary you can see the similarity with recommendations that WWM made to the Whitley County Planning Director and the Code Development Committee in 2018.   

You may contact Representative Judy directly mailto:h83@iga.in.gov or by phone at 317-232-9619.  He can also be reached at his Statehouse office at 800-382-9841.  

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