Confined Feeding Operations
Indiana has close to 2000 CFOs or Confined Feeding Operations. These farms are regulated at the state level by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Indiana counties, however, have the option of adopting planning and zoning, and many Indiana counties operate under zoning ordinances that specify where CFOs can locate within the county. CFOs may be restricted to certain zoning districts, but may also be subject to setbacks or buffers that further define where the farms can locate.
This site is designed to provide information for individuals involved in the CFO siting process, namely county plan commission members, BZA members, and planning professionals (the general public is always welcome). This includes Purdue Extension Educators, who often are required by state statute to serve on county plan commissions. The site is not designed promote certain types of livestock production. Rather, we aim to provide information so individuals can make informed decisions on matters that affect their communities.
Note: Research and reports related to SB 249 on "the impact of local land use ordinances on the construction of buildings or other structures used in the breeding, feeding, and housing of livestock" can be found together in the section "Purdue CFO Ordinance Research."