Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Cheyenne County has become the newest county in the state to be designated as a Livestock Friendly County (LFC) through a program administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA).
“Officials and residents in Cheyenne County have shown great enthusiasm in receiving the Livestock Friendly designation,” said Governor Ricketts. “Livestock and agribusiness development is very important to the economic growth of Cheyenne County which had $115 million in livestock sales and $205 million in total ag receipts according to the last Census of Agriculture.”
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.
“Cheyenne County is an area of the state that offers real opportunity for livestock development due to its access to natural resources and a willing workforce,” said NDA Director Greg Ibach. “People in the county understand the economic benefit and multiplier effect livestock expansion can have to rural areas.”
With the addition of Cheyenne County, there are now 39 counties designated as Livestock Friendly through the state program.
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. Next, a completed application must be submitted to the NDA. Local producers or groups can encourage county officials to apply.