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.
Large confined animal feeding operations, such as the one proposed on State Road 9 between 400 North and 500 North, are significantly different than what most consider traditional family farms, and they bring significantly increased risks to surface water, public health and property values.
We strongly encourage our members and friends to research CAFOs by following the links on this page or finding other sources of information and making your voices heard by plan commissioners and the Whitley County Commissioners.
You can do so by writing letters to your county commissioner (Tom Western represents District 1 which encompasses Cleveland, Etna-Troy and Richland townships), Plan Commission chairman Doug Wright (c/o Whitley County Plan Commission, 220 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, IN 46725) and local media.
Here are addresses to some local media:

  • The Post & Mail, 927 Connexion Way, Columbia City, IN 46725 (editor@thepostandmail.com)
  • IN Whitley County / Churubusco News, 123 N. Main St., Churubusco, IN 46723 (nminier@kpcmedia.com)
  • Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, P.O. Box 88, Fort Wayne, IN 46801 (jgnews@jg.net)
  • The News-Sentinel, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46801 (metro@news-sentinel.com)