Holt County is Nebraska's latest county to receive the Livestock Friendly County designation.
With the addition of Holt County, there are now 21 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the program administered by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality. The others are Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Gage, Garden, Grant, Hitchcock, Jefferson, Kimball, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill, Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Wayne, and Webster Counties.
"Holt County has shown it is committed to supporting the county's livestock industry and related economic development," according Lt. Gov. Sheehy, who made the announcement recently. "Being part of the Livestock Friendly program is a way to recognize the tremendous impact the livestock industry has on main streets and the local economy. It provides jobs for those working with animals and a marketplace for grain and hay producers, while also adding value to those products."
Sheehy presented the Livestock Friendly certificate to Holt County Commissioners Ralph Metschke, Don Butterfield, Donald Hahlbeck, Marvin Scholz, William Tielke, Robert Snyder and Robert Young. The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways.
Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach says the official designation makes a positive statement about Holt County. "It was clear from the submitted materials that Holt County officials have given some purposeful thought to supporting the livestock industry," he says.
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 Nebraska 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.agr.ne.gov and clicking the Livestock Friendly County link.