December 15, 2015
Husker Harvest Days, set for Sept. 15, 16 and 17, 2015, continues to evolve as agriculture evolves. Since its concept development in earlier years and final inception in 1978, the show has grown into the largest totally irrigated working farm show, showcasing the top new products and technology, especially irrigation systems, impacting the Western Corn Belt. Not only does HHD provide farmers and ranchers with a first glimpse at the latest innovations in agriculture, but the show also boosts the local economy around Grand Island too.
When it comes to HHD, the numbers don't lie.
According to a 2013 University of Nebraska Bureau of Business Research report, the overall economic impact to Grand Island and Hall County totals well over $7.6 million. The report, prepared by UNL director and associate professor of economics, Eric Thompson, breaks the impact study down, with direct impact through business receipts totaling nearly $5 million, with $2.6 million considered labor income.
The UNL BBR report highlights what the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and business community knew already. Not only do HHD visitors generate major economic benefits to the area, but exhibitors also contribute to the overall impact in a big way as well.
"Grand Island and Husker Harvest Days are synonymous," says Cindy Johnson, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. "HHD is one of this community's hallmark events. We have a rich heritage that is grounded in agriculture. It is the foundation of not only our economy, but our culture. It is a way of life."
With over 100,000 HHD visitors each year, "there is no better way to showcase agriculture than to be in a place that has been on the leading edge of agricultural advancement for generations, combining traditional values with openness to new ideas and innovation," Johnson says.
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