Simply put, Indiana’s regulation of factory farms fails to protect our health and environment. This is why HEC places education, citizen advocacy, and pursuing legal strategies in support of rural communities and independent family farmers as our top priority! To that end, we have worked with a variety of stakeholders in recent years to defeat dangerous bills that would have: further weakened Indiana’s regulation of confined feeding operations (CFOs); stripped local governments of their “Home Rule” authority to regulate CFOs; and given unprecedented special legal protections to CFO operators to shield them from liability when they cause harm. We have also introduced first-ever legislation with bipartisan support that would address the many regulatory gaps that leave our rural communities unprotected from factory farm waste.