CFO Study

Land Use Regulations of Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) Study

A Comparison of CFO Provisions and Standards across Indiana

In May 2015, Purdue Extension was commissioned by the State of Indiana to study Indiana county zoning ordinances as they apply to confined feeding operations (CFOs). Of the 81 Indiana counties operating with a zoning ordinance, 64 zoning ordinances (as of August 2015) contain language specific to CFOs.

The reports and factsheets found below compare CFO provisions and standards across Indiana counties. Together with a description of the ordinance, the factsheets themselves contain related county-specific demographic information such as population, farmland percentage, top employing industries and county type (e.g., rural, urban, mixed), which may impact the development of a CFO ordinance. These factsheets summarize and categorize the zoning ordinances and provisions specific to CFOs above the general zoning district standards unless otherwise specified. CFOs still have to follow the district standards in the zoning district in which they are located. Plan directors or a plan department employee in 52 of the 64 counties with zoning provisions for CFOs reviewed their county’s factsheet for accuracy. Ordinances may also be amended periodically. For the most updated and complete ordinance, please contact the county plan director listed on the factsheet.

Research Team

Dr. Paul Ebner
Associate Professor of Animal Science

Tanya Hall
Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator

Dr. Larry DeBoer
Professor of Agricultural Economics

Tamara Ogle
Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator

Find more resources on CFOs for communities at

Complete Report – Overview

Complete Reports for Indiana Counties

To learn more about Purdue’s CFO Study, contact:


Tamara Ogle

Purdue Extension Community Development Regional Educator