YORK – Tuesday, York County became the 38th Nebraska county to be designated a Livestock Friendly County.
Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, was on hand for the ceremony. He commended York County for making such a strong statement to the rest of Nebraska by becoming Livestock Friendly..
Chairman of the York County Commissioners Bill Bamesberger, is excited about the opportunities for York County..
According the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Livestock Friendly County program is a voluntary program that recognizes counties that actively support the livestock industry. NDA partners with counties in the program to encourage development of the livestock industry in the county.
The Livestock Friendly County Program was adopted in 2003, in the wake of controversy over large hog confinement operations being established in central Nebraska in the late 1990s. Some opponents of the hog facilities unsuccessfully sought to give counties emergency powers to block the development of large livestock facilities.
According to a new study by agricultural economists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, more than a decade after Nebraska created its “livestock friendly” designation, participating counties have gained more cattle farms and lost fewer hog farms than those that lack the designation
Also present at the designation were the York County Commissioners, the York County Development Corporation, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, Nebraska’s District 24 Senator Mark Kolterman, as well as McCool Junction’s and Heartland Community School’s FFA members.