BROOKSTON, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of a northern Indiana youth camp are
arguing against a farmer's request for permission to start raising some
9,200 hogs about a half mile away.
The farmer is seeking a zoning change from the White County commissioners
to allow the concentrated animal feeding operation near the 600-acre YMCA
Camp Tecumseh, the Journal & Courier reported.
Camp CEO Scott Brosman said he worried about the impact of so many hogs on
the camp that hosts some 35,000 people a year.
"We're not anti-agriculture," Brosman said. "We feel the scope and size of
the project is too big and too close."
Joe Bumbleburg, an attorney for farm owner John Erickson, said the
proposal was meeting all county zoning requirements.
"This is a five-generation farming family," Bumbleburg said.
County commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday on the request.
Camp Tecumseh, along the Tippecanoe River about 20 miles north of
Lafayette, hosts a variety of activities, including camps for children
suffered burns and have asthma or kidney troubles.
Cadi Bien, vice president of the camp's board, said Erickson has reassured
camp officials he'll plant trees and try to minimize odors from the hog
"But our operation depends on being outside," Bien said. "If there are
odor or air problems or water quality issues, it puts at-risk our