- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Two more Nebraska counties have received the state’s “Livestock Friendly” designation for their support of the industry.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Wednesday that Thayer and Fillmore counties in southern Nebraska are the newest counties to participate.

The Livestock Friendly Counties program is administered by the state Department of Agriculture. With the new additions, Nebraska now has 32 counties that have received the designation.

Counties use the designation to promote the livestock industry and attract new businesses. Those that wish to receive the designation must hold a public hearing, and the county board must pass a resolution to apply. A completed application must be submitted to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

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