(Nebraska City, Neb.) Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann today announced the official designation of Otoe County as Nebraska’s newest Livestock Friendly County. With the addition of Otoe County, there are now 24 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program, including: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Dodge, Gage, Garden, Grant, Hitchcock, Holt, Jefferson, Johnson, Kimball, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill, Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Wayne and Webster Counties.
“Otoe County has shown it is committed to supporting the county’s livestock industry and related economic development,” said Lt. Gov. Heidemann. “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.”
Lt. Gov. Heidemann presented the Livestock Friendly certificate to Otoe County Commissioners C.R. Hauptman, Rick Freshman, Carol Crook, Timothy Nelsen and Steve Lade. 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 Assistant Director Bobbie Kriz-Wickham said the official designation makes a positive statement about Otoe County. “It is clear that Otoe County officials have a good understanding of, and appreciation for, the economic benefits that can come from responsible livestock production,” said Asst. Dir. Kriz-Wickham.
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.