Gov. Dave Heineman has named Saline County in southeast Nebraska as the state's newest "Livestock Friendly" area.
The governor's office says the southeast Nebraska county will become the 17th statewide to receive the title. The program is coordinated by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Counties chosen as "Livestock Friendly" are given road signs showing the program logo to display along highways, and can use the label to market themselves to the agriculture industry.
To apply for a livestock-friendly designation, a county's board must hold a public hearing and pass a resolution. County officials must then complete an application and submit it to the state Department of Agriculture.
Local producers or community groups can encourage their county board to submit a livestock-friendly county application.