2017 Letters to the editor stock

Right now, Indiana lawmakers are studying the current laws governing the construction and management of livestock barns. All Hoosiers should take the time to become educated on how the farmers in their backyards contribute to a better quality of life for their communities and the state.

As someone who produces feed and works on a hog farm in DeMotte, I know that Hoosier farmers are committed to being good neighbors. Many of us go above and beyond current regulations — the stringent local, state and federal rules that detail where we should build or expand our barns and how we should manage our livestock and their waste.

I urge everyone in our community to take the time to talk to local farmers about the rules and regulations we already follow and how agriculture can best work in harmony with the county’s goals.

Malcolm DeKryger, DeMotte

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Marc is a veteran investigative reporter and editor of more than 15 years, including 10 years at The Times, where he is the investigative editor. He is also the founder of the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project.