Many of Indiana’s rural communities are suffering from the environmental and public health effects from the dramatic transformation of farming to big industry.

Within the last few decades, the United States went from raising livestock on traditional farms owned by farm families, to “producing” livestock in highly mechanized, industrial operations controlled by a handful of giant corporations. Indiana is home to nearly 2,000 of these industrial-scale animal factories known as concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”) and confined feeding operations (“CFOs”). CFOs warehouse at least 300 cattle, 600 swine, or 30,000 fowl whereas CAFOs, the largest factory farms, confine at least 1,000 cattle, 2,500 swine, or 100,000 fowl. Today, more than 85% of all livestock “produced” in Indiana come from CAFOs and CFOs.