A free, day-long workshop for people affected by nearby industrial livestock facilities will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Wabash City Hall Building, 210 S. Wabash Street, Wabash, IN 46992. The workshop is sponsored by the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization.

People who live or work near combined feeding operations (CFOs) and combined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are encouraged to come. Participants will leave with a well-rounded understanding of these industrial livestock operations, the environmental and human health concerns, and knowledge of better technologies. They will also be equipped with the information they need to be more effective citizens on this issue in their community.

“The goal is to teach citizens everything they need to know to have an intelligent, productive discussion about these operations with local governing bodies,” said Kim Ferraro, agriculture policy director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, who will be presenting at the workshop. “We aim to empower citizens with the knowledge they need to be effective at public hearings about these operations, as well as the know-how to propose local ordinances that would better plan for their development.”

Part of the workshop content covers local government, zoning laws, and the ordinance process so attendees will understand this whole process well.

The workshop is free to attend and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

To register attendees simply need to call HEC’s Valparaiso office at (219) 464-0104 or email Amelia Vohs at avohs@hecweb.org