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      Johnson County Added to the List of Livestock Friendly Counties

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      Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, Friday, will be adding Johnson County to the list of Nebraska's Livestock Friendly counties.

      With the addition of Johnson County, the state will have 22 counties having received the designation.

      "I'm pleased that Johnson Countyhas worked hard to become a Livestock Friendly County,"Heidemann said. He will present the Livestock Friendly certificate to Johnson County officials in recognition of this hard work.

      The county will also receive road signs with the program's logo to display along highways.

      "This program is a way to recognize the impact the livestockindustry has on the local economy," Heidemann explained. "Agriculture is the number one industry inNebraska and with the help of the Livestock Friendly program, it will continueto thrive."

      Department of AgricultureDirector Greg Ibach said the official designation makes a positive statementabout Johnson County. He said, "It was clear from the submittedmaterials that Johnson County officials have given some purposeful thought tosupporting the livestock industry."

      Counties can apply for the livestock friendly designation by holding public hearings to pass a resolution to apply. County officials must then submit completed applications to the Department of Agriculture.

      Other counties that have completed the process and been named Livestock Friendly include: Adams, Banner, Box Butte, Cuming, Dawes, Deuel, Gage,Garden, Grant, Hitchcock, Holt, Jefferson, Kimball, Keith, Lincoln, Morrill,Saline, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Wayne, and Webster Counties.

      Additional information on theLivestock Friendly County program can be found at www.nda.nebraska.gov.

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