This evening, Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann will announce the official designation of Johnson County as Nebraska's newest Livestock Friendly County. With the addition of Johnson County, there are now 22 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program, including: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Gage, Garden, Grant, Hitchcock, Holt, Jefferson, Kimball, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill, Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Wayne, and Webster Counties.
"I'm pleased that Johnson County has worked hard to become a Livestock Friendly County," said Lt. Gov. Heidemann. "This program is a way to recognize the impact the livestock industry has on the local economy. Agriculture is the number one industry in Nebraska and with the help of the Livestock Friendly program, it will continue to thrive."
Lt. Gov. Heidemann will present the Livestock Friendly certificate to Johnson County Commissioners Scotty Gottula, Terry Keebler, and Dr. Ted Evans. The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways. The program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach said the official designation makes a positive statement about Johnson County. Dir. Ibach stated, "It was clear from the submitted materials that Johnson County officials have given some purposeful thought to supporting the livestock industry."
To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public hearing and pass a resolution to apply. A completed application is then submitted to Department of Agriculture for review. Local producers or community groups can encourage their county board to submit a livestock friendly county application.
Additional information on the Livestock Friendly County program is available by contacting NDA toll free at 800-422-6692, or by visiting the Department of Agriculture website at www.nda.nebraska.gov and clicking the Livestock Friendly County link.