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Camp Tecumseh fighting big hog-farm proposal

June 25, 2013

Leaders of an Indiana youth camp are arguing against a farmer's plans 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.

Camp CEO Scott Brosman told the Journal & Courier that he believes the proposed hog operation is too large and too close to the camp property about 20 miles north of Lafayette that hosts some 35,000 people a year. Thousands of students attend the camp each year, including many from public schools in the Indianapolis area.

Camp leaders worry about possible air- and water-quality problems.

Attorney Joe Bumbleburg says farmer John Erickson is meeting all zoning requirements and is part of a fifth-generation farming family.

County commissioners are scheduled to vote next Monday on the request.

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