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For fans of raw milk and those who fight for food freedom in all its forms, the past year or two have been notable for several setbacks on the unpasteurized dairy front, including S.W.A.T. raids on food co-ops.

The Indiana General Assemby has directed the Board of Animal Health to conduct a survey on the sale of raw milk. BOAH will report the findings of the study in a report by Dec. 1 to serve as a reference document for members of the 2013 legislature.

The hearing will be open until Sept. 1. Comments for and against the sales of raw milk are welcomed, as well as suggestions for any potential change to Indiana law. Those who submit comments must provide a name and contact information in case follow-up is needed.

Input from farmers would be particularly valuable, said Denise Derrer, BOAH public information director.

Untimately, the final report will provide guidance to lawmakers, should they decide to legalize the sale of raw milk in the state of Indiana.

The hearing’s webpage can be found on the BOAH website, http://www.in.gov/boah/2615.htm. Those without internet capabilities may submit comments by U.S. mail to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health at Discovery Hall, Suite 100, 1202 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205-2898. Attn.: Raw Milk.