JASPER — Major business plans are developing as part of an ongoing expansion at Fischer Farms Natural Foods in St. Anthony. To assist in the efforts, the Dubois County beef supplier received approval on a renewed tax abatement request Monday evening by the Dubois County Council.

Diana Fischer told the council the farm was recently chosen to participate in a climate-smart initiative through the USDA, working with universities and research companies to analyze local carbon capturing practices to help set standards for other farms. She said feeding cattle kelp, for example, reduces methane emissions by 8%. Fischer mentioned expansion efforts later this year with a new building. She said the farm intends to add four new employees by the end of May and 10 workers by the end of 2023.