Governor Dave Heineman made the presentation this week at the county courthouse in the town of Center. The governor says the designation follows a statewide trend.
“We’re now the #1 cattle-feeding state in America and we want to continue to improve that ranking,” Governor Heineman says. “We want to become even bigger. Livestock and agriculture is the mainstay of Knox County. It’s the #1 industry in this state and this is an important recognition of what they do today.”
The governor says the livestock friendly program recognizes the positive economic impact that a viable livestock industry has on communities across the state.
Heineman says counties make great efforts to become “livestock friendly” in their endeavors to grow agriculture and bring young people back to rural areas. More counties may join the list yet this year.
“The last few years, we’ve grown about five counties a year. We’re at 28. You’re going to see that number continue to grow and that’s important,” he says. “As other counties have seen what’s happening in the state, they now feel like they’ve got to catch up to the other rural counties and that’s a good thing.”
The Nebraska Department of Roads will be placing signs on highways around the county showing off the designation.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton