- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

HAYES CENTER, Neb. (AP) - Hayes County in southwest Nebraska has received the state’s “Livestock Friendly” designation for its support of the industry.

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced that Hayes County has become the 35th statewide to participate in the program administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

The program gives counties an extra promotional tool to encourage the expansion of current livestock operations and attract new businesses.

Counties 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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