PENDER – Lt. Governor Mike Foley visited Pender Tuesday afternoon to designate the 43rd county as livestock friendly.
Thurston County became the newest Livestock Friendly County (LFC) as Lt. Governor Foley gave his remarks at the Thurston County Courthouse, located at 106 S. 5th Street in Pender. The program is administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and now 43 of the state’s 93 counties have been designated LFC.
Lt. Governor Foley said, “By requesting and receiving the state’s Livestock Friendly County designation, Thurston County has made their commitment to grow Nebraska through agriculture even stronger. To keep growing Nebraska, we need to continue making Nebraska as livestock friendly as possible.”
According to a release from the office of Governor Pete Ricketts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, of the nearly $197 million Thurston County had in agricultural receipts for the year 2012, $104 million, or 53 percent, came from livestock sales, and $93 million, or 47 percent, came from crops.
“Agriculture has always made a tremendous impact on Thurston County’s economy,” said NDA Assistant Director Mat Habrock. “With a Livestock Friendly designation, Thurston County has great opportunities to attract new and expanding livestock production and agribusiness to the area.”
The Livestock Friendly County program was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 2003 to recognize counties that support the livestock industry and new livestock developments. A county 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. Additional information about the Livestock Friendly County program is available on NDA’s website at nda.nebraska.gov or by calling 800-422-6692.