Dodge County has been added to the list of livestock friendly counties in Nebraska.
Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann announced Wednesday the official designation of Dodge County as Nebraska's newest Livestock Friendly County.
With the addition of Dodge County, 23 Nebraska counties have been named as such. Including: 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. Heidemann. "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."
The county will receive road signs bearing the program logo to display along highways.
The program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
To apply for a livestock friendly county designation, the county board must hold a public hearing and pass a resolution to apply. The Department of Agriculture review then reviews the completed application.
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 and clicking the Livestock Friendly County link.