Garden County has been certified as the eighth "Livestock Friendly County" in Nebraska.
In this Nebraska Department of Agriculture-administered program, Garden County joins neighboring Morrill and Keith counties, as well as Webster, Hitchcock, Dawes, Wayne and Adams in receiving the designation.
"The Livestock Friendly program recognizes the positive economic impact a viable livestock industry has on rural communities," Gov. Dave Heineman says. "Participation in this program is evidence that officials are dedicated to their local livestock industry and recognize its potential to be a viable contributor to the future stability and growth of agribusiness."
Ron Shearer, county commissioner, accepted the Livestock Friendly designation from Heineman and Neil Moseman, assistant director of NDA, on behalf of the Garden County Board of Commissioners. The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways.
"When you consider that the neighboring counties of Morrill and Keith Counties are also part of the Livestock Friendly program, it's clear that with the addition of Garden County, this area of the state is well-positioned for future economic opportunity in the livestock and agribusiness arena," Moseman says.
To apply for a livestock friendly designation, counties must hold public hearings, secure a declaration acknowledging the importance of livestock to the well-being of their county, submit a narrative describing how the county will meet Livestock Friendly County program guidelines, and provide copies of regulations associated with site-selection criteria for livestock operations.
Additional information about the Livestock Friendly County program is available by contacting the NDA at 800-422-6692 or by visiting the NDA Web Site at www.agr.ne.gov, and clicking the Livestock Friendly County box.