Regulators Sign Off on Dairy Farm in Northwestern Indiana

Indiana regulators have a granted a key permit for an organic dairy farm that could become home to more than 4,000 cows in Newton County.

Natural Prairie Dairy says its cows will graze on alfalfa and grass that hasn’t been treated with synthetic herbicides or pesticides. Critics, including the Hoosier Environmental Council, fear the northwestern Indiana farm could harm wells and reduce property values.

The site is near The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands natural area . But the Indiana Department of Environmental Management says Natural Prairie has presented a satisfactory plan to deal with manure, which will be used as fertilizer.

Kim Ferraro, a lawyer with the Hoosier Environmental Council, tells The (Northwest Indiana) Timesthat the state’s decision is “irresponsible.” Dairy manager Will De Jong says planning has improved, based on “listening to our neighbors.”

 
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Submitted by 'Ole Macdonald on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 06:03

.....4000 cows....right....sounds like another organic scam.....grazing.....or ruminating on alfalfa grass haylage.....hope someone is watching this one.....and enforcing immigration laws.....smells like more Walmart milk....

Submitted by dairyproducer on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 09:41

I read this headline and ask "can this geographic location and herd size meet the standards for "organic" production?"
I was of the understanding that there is time and consumption requirements of outdoor and grazing needs to meet the organic standards?
Just curious how this all fits together in a climate of snow, cold, and non-growing days?

Submitted by 'Ole Macdonald on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 11:21

...my comment from this morning has not been added here.....why not.....was it censored....?....I have little faith in a 4000 cow organic dairy playing by the rules....as for the permitting process, perhaps the regulators should ask, if there is a need to add to the current milk supply....obviously there is not....that being the case there is no justification to risk an evironmental exposure by a 4000 cow cafo

furthermore the question should be asked if the work to be done here will be done by a "legal"labor force....those dairies that operate with an illegal workforce cheat prosperity from those who play by employment rules....