A-FAN Presents Livestock Friendly Presentation at County Board Meeting

29 Oct 2015

Agriculture, Agri-business,

On Tuesday, the York County Board heard a presentation by Willow Holoubek, the Executive Director of Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) regarding becoming designated as a Livestock Friendly County. Ms. Holoubek stated “A Livestock Friendly designation is not intended to limit any local zoning authority. It is just a tool for you to tell the world you support agriculture."


The Livestock Friendly Program is a voluntary program that recognizes counties that actively support the livestock industry. Currently, 35 counties in Nebraska participate in the program. The designation tells livestock producers and related businesses that their county wants economic growth and will support their industry for years to come.  In order to apply, the County will need to hold a public hearing, and approve a resolution. Nebraska Department of Agriculture would review the application, the current zoning regulations, and York County's past history of permits.


The County Board took no action at the meeting, and will be brining it up at another date.  Please contact your commissioner if you have an opinion on this designation.


In February, 2015, NPPD completed the Economic Importance of and Economic Impacts Associated with Livestock Production in York County study.  Information specific to Livestock and Agriculture can be found in this report.


For more information on the program, go to http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/promotion/livestock_friendly/index.html


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