Public’s views sought on Bartholomew confined feeding farms

Bartholomew County is looking for your thoughts on new proposed rules for large commercial farms.

A committee has been studying the issue of large confined feeding operations for about a year and a half and ended up with two sets of recommendations — a majority view that leans more towards the needs of farmers and a minority view that generally looks to place limits on the large farms.

Both sides have suggested new rules including increasing the distance those large farming operations must be from homes, schools and churches, said Jeff Bergman, director of the city-county planning department.

For complete details on the proposal, you can go to the city’s website at

A public hearing will be Wednesday following the Bartholomew County Plan Commission meeting in the main meeting room at Columbus City Hall. The plan commisison starts at 8:30 a.m.