SCHUYLER – Lt. Governor Mike Foley announced that Colfax County has become the newest county in Nebraska to be designated as a Livestock Friendly County (LFC) through a program administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA). Colfax County is the 41st designated Livestock Friendly County in Nebraska. The LFC designation ceremony was held at the Colfax County Courthouse in Schuyler, Nebraska.
“Having a Livestock Friendly County designation for Colfax County makes good sense as agriculture and livestock continue to have a tremendous impact on the local economy here,” said Lt. Governor Foley. “Out of Colfax County’s nearly $337 million dollars in agriculture receipts in 2012, $222 million dollars came from livestock sales. By requesting and receiving the state’s designation, Colfax County is saying that it is open for agri-business and all the benefits that come with responsible livestock production.”
Created in 2003 by the Nebraska Legislature, the LFC program is designed to recognize counties in the state that support the expansion of the livestock industry. In 2014, livestock receipts in the state comprised over half of the $24 billion of Nebraska’s total on-farm receipts. The LFC designation gives counties an extra promotional tool to encourage expansion of current livestock operations and attract new businesses that spur local economies.
“We are pleased to welcome Colfax County as the 41st Livestock Friendly County in Nebraska,” said NDA Director Greg Ibach. “The LFC program is built on local support. It shows that a county can actively support growth and development in the livestock industry and turn it into more economic activity and job opportunities for the whole county.”
Counties wishing to apply for the LFC designation must hold a public hearing and the county board must pass a resolution to apply for the designation. Then a completed application must be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Local producers or groups can encourage county officials to apply.
Additional information about the Livestock Friendly County program is available on NDA’s website at www.nda.nebraska.gov or by calling 800-422-6692.