Dodge County has been added to the list of Nebraska counties designated as "Livestock Friendly."
With the addition of Dodge County, there are now 23 counties with that designation throughout the state. The others in addition to Dodge County are: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Gage, Garden, Grant, Hitchcock, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Kimball, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill, Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Wayne and Webster counties.
"I'm pleased that Dodge County has worked hard to become a 'Livestock Friendly County,' said Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, who announced the designation in Fremont. "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."
Heidemann presented a certificate to Dodge County Supervisors Rob George, Greg Beam, Lon Strand, Terry Synovec, Bob Missel, Dan Weddle and Gary Osborn. The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways.
The program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Bobbie Kriz-Wickham, assistant director of the department, said the official designation makes a positive statement about Dodge County. "It is clear that leaders within Dodge County understand the important benefits of responsible livestock production. I applaud them for making the Livestock Friendly County designation a piece of their overall economic development efforts."
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 an application, Kriz-Wickham says.
For more information on the 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.