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Husker Harvest Days by the numbersHusker Harvest Days by the numbers

When it comes to Husker Harvest Days, the numbers don't lie.

Curt Arens

December 15, 2015

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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.


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.

About the Author(s)

Curt Arens

Editor, Nebraska Farmer

Curt Arens began writing about Nebraska’s farm families when he was in high school. Before joining Farm Progress as a field editor in April 2010, he had worked as a freelance farm writer for 27 years, first for newspapers and then for farm magazines, including Nebraska Farmer.

His real full-time career, however, during that same period was farming his family’s fourth generation land in northeast Nebraska. He also operated his Christmas tree farm and grew black oil sunflowers for wild birdseed. Curt continues to raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa and runs a cow-calf herd.

Curt and his wife Donna have four children, Lauren, Taylor, Zachary and Benjamin. They are active in their church and St. Rose School in Crofton, where Donna teaches and their children attend classes.

Previously, the 1986 University of Nebraska animal science graduate wrote a weekly rural life column, developed a farm radio program and wrote books about farm direct marketing and farmers markets. He received media honors from the Nebraska Forest Service, Center for Rural Affairs and Northeast Nebraska Experimental Farm Association.

He wrote about the spiritual side of farming in his 2008 book, “Down to Earth: Celebrating a Blessed Life on the Land,” garnering a Catholic Press Association award.

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