Community Impact of CAFOs – Purdue Workshop – June 18

It’s not too late for the Purdue University Workshop about the Community Impact of Confined Animal Operations. The workshop will be broadcast at locations around the state between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

Purdue University initiated an in-depth study of 50 swine and dairy CAFOs in Benton, Cass, Huntington, Jasper, Jay, Randolph, Wabash, and Wells counties in 2007-08. In addition to a detailed interview of CAFO owners and operators, tax data were collected from county offices for each operation. Environmental violations were examined. Interviews were conducted with county commissioners, county council members, county highway engineers, and county plan departments to determine the nature of the issues in the county, the level of controversy, and land use policies that were developed to address the issues.

This session will focus on the findings from this study. Specific topics will include:
• Operator characteristics
• Swine and dairy CAFO characteristics
• Conditions around siting of CAFOs
• Animal population growth
• Revenue and expense information from CAFOs
• Labor use and payments
• Fiscal impact on local government and schools
• Comprehensive land use planning and zoning revisions to minimize land use conflicts
• Extent and nature of environmental violations

Details and registration information attached: cafo_061809_flyerv4

June 16, 2009 09:28 am | Education

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