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Members sought for animal feeding panel


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Bartholomew County is accepting applications from residents interested in examining and making recommendations about ordinances dealing with concentrated animal feeding operations.

Those selected for the Bartholomew County CAFO Regulation Study Committee will make recommendations about the ordinances to the county’s plan commission.

Five people already have been chosen to serve on the committee:

  • Kris Medic, group facilitator and Purdue Extension agriculture and natural resources educator Rick Flohr, county commissioner
  • Tom Finke, county surveyor’s office and plan commission member
  • Dennis Brooks, county soil and water conservation district
  • Scott Bonnell, Bartholomew County Farm Bureau

A sixth member representing the county health department will be announced at a later date, Medic said.

Members of the public who will fill the remaining openings will be selected from applications received before Aug. 1 by a subcommittee of county commissioners and plan commission members, Medic said.

Applicant qualities to be considered include a willingness to actively participate and help build a consensus, while remaining open-minded on the controversial subject matter, Medic said.

New members also should represent a cross-section of Bartholomew County, including urban and rural areas, she added.

Beginning in August, applicants should be willing to attend two-hour meetings held once or twice a month for the next nine months, Medic said. The meetings will feature different presenters and focus on a variety of issues and concerns related to animal feeding operations. The meetings will be open to the public.

Application letters must be received by no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1. All who apply will be notified if they have been selected.

Members will be announced at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Bartholomew County Board of Commissioners.

How to apply

Those interested in serving on the Bartholomew County CAFO Regulation Study Committee are asked to submit a letter, limited to one page, describing their interest, qualifications and their point of view on the subject matter.

The letter can be emailed to krismedic@purdue.edu, or sent through conventional mail to: Kris Medic, Purdue Extension Bartholomew County, 1971 State St., Columbus, IN 47201.

The letters must be received by no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1. All who apply will be notified if they have been selected. New members will be announced at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Bartholomew County Board of Commissioners.

Questions may be directed to Medic through her email address or by calling 379-1665.

Qualifications for the committee

In making selections, the subcommittee selecting candidates for the Bartholomew County CAFO Regulation Study Committee will consider those who have the following qualifications:

  • Property owners with existing homes and/or businesses near a concentrated animal feeding operation.
  • An operator of an existing concentrated animal feeding operation.
  • Members of the public who do not have homes and/or businesses near a concentrated animal feeding operation.
  • Individuals with a working knowledge of agricultural operations.
  • Those with a working knowledge of natural resource protection.

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