Cuming County has a strong agricultural base with diversified industrial and retail sectors. What does the livestock industry do for Cuming County and its citizens?
Pays for a large portion of teachers’ salaries and county government
In many school districts, livestock producers are a primary source of local tax revenue. The industry also picks up a large tab for county services such as snow removal.
Creates jobs for Cuming County and Nebraskans as a whole
It’s pretty easy to understand how livestock production helps those directly associated with it, such as local veterinarians, local feed dealers or local grain farmers. But the economic activity generated by livestock production also helps local car dealers, grocers, bankers, restaurant owners, doctors and dozens of other local businesses.
Encourages opportunities for entrepreneurship
Livestock production offers the opportunity for young farmers and ranchers to become entrepreneurs, local business owners committed to the future of their communities. Entrepreneurship of this nature helps build jobs, equity and prosperity for rural Nebraska.
Cuming County Ag Facts (2012 USDA census)
There are 362,926 acres of farmland within the county. The majority of the land, 86.1%, is used for crop production, 7.3% is designated pasture and 6.6% is used for other purposes. Cuming County ranks #1 in the state for cattle production and #7 for swine production.