Husker Harvest Days and Nebraska’s Gov. Pete Ricketts, Department of Economic Development and Department of Agriculture have joined forces to expand awareness and significance of the state’s agriculture and related economic opportunities among international businesses and visitors. A multi-year plan for increased global engagement is in place that includes a new International Visitors Center to be unveiled during 2019 Husker Harvest Days, Sept. 10-12, near Grand Island, Nebraska.
As a premier national agricultural event, HHD already attracts exhibitors and visitors from around the world. Its major site upgrades in 2018 including paved streets, upgraded buildings and many additional visitor and exhibitor comfort features, position it as the nation’s most modern outdoor ag event facility. The show is to be used as a central hosting platform to help accelerate the state’s plans for expanding international business investment. HHD is a Farm Progress event.
“We are excited and pleased to work with the state of Nebraska on this international business and visitor program,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress events director. “We had an exceptional show in 2018 to unveil the extensive facility upgrades for HHD and this year we look forward to hosting farmers and ranchers from across the state, nation and world with the state’s new international business development program. With the new site upgrades, exhibitors and events already planned, 2019 is shaping-up to be an exceptional event.”
The increased international engagement effort at HHD is part of a larger effort outlined by the Governor’s Council for International Relations in Nebraska, which was detailed by the state in last year’s Strategic Plan for International Engagement. This is not only reflected in Farm Progress’ increased participation in trade missions including Agritechnica this fall, but also their support of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development as it is set to unveil and host the new International Visitors Center at the upcoming HHD.
“Husker Harvest Days presents a unique opportunity to showcase the productivity and innovation of Nebraska agriculture to the global ag community,” Ricketts said. “We have been successfully growing Nebraska by pursuing new export opportunities for our farmers and ranchers abroad, and this event will bring some of our customers right to our door step. We look forward to welcoming our international guests to Wood River for Husker Harvest Days.”