Our Position

Indiana has, relative to other states, a weak set of safeguards to protect the public from the health and environment risks of industrial-scale livestock operations. This is why the Hoosier Environmental Council places education, citizen advocacy, and testifying in defense 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.

Currently, we are working to pass reform legislation that would address the serious gaps in Indiana’s oversight of factory farms and restore balance and fairness to Indiana’s unjust “Right to Farm” laws so that Hoosiers’ quality of life and property rights are protected. To learn more about this legislative effort, read our Policy Brief.

Also, to learn more about this critical issue and how you can get involved in addressing it, click on the links below: