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Indiana General Assembly Passes Tough New Ag Property Trespass Law

Call it farm protection, Hoosier-style. The Indiana General Assembly has sent farm protection legislation without any “gags” to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. The bill does not ban taking pictures or making videos, does not change existing law on reporting animal abuse, and contains no penalties for getting creative on a job application. Those… Continue Reading

Indiana, Kentucky Win Prestigious Public Health Award


The Indiana State Department of Health and the Kentucky Department of Public Health have been awarded the John J. Guzewich Environmental Public Health Team Award for their combined response to the multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farms in 2012. Using food questionnaires, epidemiologists in Kentucky and Indiana traced the infections to melons…. Continue Reading

Indiana Orchard and Winery Tests Negative for E. Coli


The Indiana State Department of Health says that environmental test samples from Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Borden, IN, are negative for E. coli. Louisville’s WAVE 3 News reports that the samples were collected from “highly touched areas” and animals. The Louisville Metro Health Department previously linked three cases of E. coli reported in Louisville and… Continue Reading

Three Sick With E. Coli in KY and IN


The Louisville Metro Health Department has linked three cases of E. coli reported in Louisville and Indiana through genetic fingerprinting. All three victims reportedly visited Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Borden, IN, between Sept. 20 and 28, but a statement released by the facility last week indicated that an inspection of their food by the Clark… Continue Reading

Patrons of Indiana Italian Restaurant at Risk for Hepatitis A


Patrons of the 800 Degrees Three Fires restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana may be at risk for hepatitis A infection, warned health officials Friday. A worker at the restaurant tested positive for the virus, prompting the Allen County Health  Department to issue a public health advisory. The Department is urging customers who ate or drank… Continue Reading

Indiana Lawmakers Went Home this AM Without “Ag-Gag”


The Indiana General Assembly early this morning adjourned for the year without passing any version of a proposed “ag-gag” law, including a tougher version that was favored by the Senate. When Senate Bill 373 passed in the Senate again Friday on a 29-to-21 vote, the measure went over to House. In the House debate that… Continue Reading

“Ag-Gag” Will Likely Pass in Indiana if it “Beats the Clock”


As the Hoosier General Assembly moves toward adjournment, as early as today and no later than Monday, recent action taken by the Indiana House Speaker is not looking too favorable for critics of the state’s farm protection legislation, also known as “ag-gag.” National animal advocacy groups thought that the differing versions of Senate Bill 373… Continue Reading

Indiana’s “Ag-gag” Bill Goes to Conference Committee


The Indiana House and Senate have passed differing versions of a Hoosier State “ag-gag” bill, sending the measure to a conference committee to see if the differences can be worked out. The Senate could have simply adopted the amended House version of Senate Bill (SB) 373, but instead the upper chamber “dissented from the House… Continue Reading

Indiana, Arkansas Among States Close to Votes on “Ag-gag” Bills


Bills to protect animal agriculture facilities from outsiders seeking to document what goes on in these establishments were killed by legislatures in New Hampshire, Wyoming and New Mexico, but remain very much alive in a half dozen other states. By about this time last year, Iowa, Utah and Missouri had voted to turn these so-called… Continue Reading

Raw Milk Study Leads Indiana to Keep Mandatory Pasteurization


A year ago, it looked like the Indiana General Assembly was about to allow raw milk to be sold in the state. Instead it only passed one change in the law, and that was to require raw milk to be labeled as “not for human consumption.” Then, it sent word down to the Indiana Board… Continue Reading