Kim Ferraro

Indiana joins 11 other states in a legal challenge against the state of California over egg production regulations. California passed a law in 2015 requiring all eggs sold there to come from hens raised with room to stand up and fully stretch their wings.

Eggs are a multi-billion dollar industry for Hoosiers and Indiana produces the third most eggs in the country. The state exports about one to four percent of its eggs to California each year.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Residents of Danville, Indiana, along with the Hoosier Environmental Council, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against a large factory farm. If successful, the suit could have major consequences for the agriculture industry in the state.

Neighbors of the farm, which contains approximately 8,000 pigs, say the odor is unbearable. Gases like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that waft from large manure pits could pose health risks. And they say their property value has plummeted, so they can’t just sell and move away.

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Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says the Hoosier State will join a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water rule. 

The EPA recently finalized a rule broadening the definition of “waters of the United States” – that is, which bodies of water fall under federal regulation.  The term would now include small bodies of water, including streams, ponds, and drainage ditches. 

Activists taking videos or photos of potentially illegal or embarrassing practices at farms and factories could be subject to new criminal penalties under legislation approved by the Senate.

A measure authored by Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) makes it a crime for anyone to videotape or photograph agricultural or industrial operations and share those photos with the public in an attempt to harm or defame the business.

Hoosier Environmental Council on legislative session

Jan 23, 2013

The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is drawing attention to some concerns it has with several bills the General Assembly is considering.

Kim Ferraro, HEC staff attorney, says one such measure would expand the state Right to Farm Act, which limits the circumstances under which agricultural operations are subject to nuisance lawsuits. She says specifically in situations concerning confined animal feeding operations, citizens have had to take legal action to get relief from noxious odors and water pollution.