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HSUS starts ag council in Indiana

—By Mindy Reef
Public Relations Team

The Humane Society of the United States has created an agriculture council for the state. Similar councils exist in Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio.

The councils’ stated purpose is to “foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship.”

The HSUS website indicates that the farmers on the council were selected because the organization views them as sharing HSUS principles. As council members, they will have the opportunity provide advice and guidance to HSUS. The organization also mentions that council members may “assist other traditional family farmers who want to make the switch to more humane practices.”

HSUS Indiana Agriculture Council has four members. Jim Benham, Versailles, is a grain farmer and president of the Indiana Farmers Union. Pete Eshelman, Roanoke, owns Joseph Decuis, which includes a restaurant, a gourmet retail store, an inn and a farm featuring Waygu beef. Lance Dunbar, Elizabeth, runs Big D farms, a pasture-based cow/calf operation raising registered black Angus. Cheyenne R. Kenin, Cloverdale, lives on a small farm with a number of animals she has rescued. She is particularly interested in horses and co-founded an equine rescue.

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