A second manure discharge in just 11 days has led Indiana state officials to issue a temporary restraining order against De Groot Dairy Farm in Huntington County, Ind. The restraining order states the dairy must stop applying manure to farmland near a large state reservoir.
According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the 1,400-cow dairy has discharged manure into a drainage ditch that drains into the Salamonie Reservoir, about 1.5 miles from the farm, several times. In addition, IDEM says the dairy has been cited for several other violations.
Opponents of a proposed dairy in Randolph County — which would be built by the same developer Vreba Hoff Dairy Development of Wauseon, Ohio — are using this incident to try and block its completion. For more details, click here.