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County names panel to look at animal feeding operations


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The Bartholomew County Board of Commissioners has selected eight area residents to serve on the county’s CAFO Regulation Study Committee.

The committee will review, evaluate and make recommendations for possible revisions to standards in the Bartholomew County Zoning Ordinance pertaining to confined or concentrated animal feeding operations (CFOs or CAFOs).

Members announced Monday include:

Dan Fleming, an area cattleman, teacher and agricultural broadcaster

Mike Percy, a Hartsville resident and retired mechanical engineer

Leah Beyer, a farmer with experience in crops and livestock, former 4-H educator, former livestock director for the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn

Marketing Council, from German Township

Zach Matthews, a farmer and conservation officer

from Hartsville

Mike Speaker, an area swine producer and a 4-H leader in swine projects, from Wayne Township

Mike Ferree, retired Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator, from Columbus

Charlie Mitch, a medicinal chemistry drug researcher with Eli Lilly

and Co. and Sierra Club Winding Waters group chair, from Columbus

Annalee Huey, a Hope area resident

They will serve in addition to the six members representing specific county departments and boards:

Kris Medic, Purdue Extension educator and committee facilitator

Rick Flohr, Bartholomew County commissioner

Tom Finke, Bartholomew County surveyor’s office and plan commission member

Dennis Brooks, Bartholomew County Soil and Water Conservation District

board member

Scott Bonnell, Bartholomew County Farm Bureau president

Scott Strietelmeier,

Bartholomew County Health Department

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