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Husker Harvest Days gives back in a big way

There is more to the largest totally irrigated working farm show than meets the eye.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

August 18, 2023

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crowds at HHD looking at cattle in pens
MORE THAN CROWDS: HHD brings big crowds and big money to Grand Island and Hall County each year, but Farm Progress and HHD also give back to the community through scholarships, donations, complimentary show space, property taxes, food drive donations and much more. Curt Arens

Typically drawing more than 100,000 ag producers and guests each year, and over 500 farm- and ranch-related exhibitors, the Nebraska-grown Husker
Harvest Days in Hall County is something of a tradition for many farm families.

While the show brings the latest ag innovations to the forefront for producers, there is more to the largest totally irrigated working farm show than meets the eye.

According to Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director, Husker Harvest Days has been able to give back to the local region and area communities and organizations in several meaningful ways.

“We are proud to be a member of the central Nebraska community,” Jungmann says. “Many of these relationships with the community go back decades, some even to the founding of the event 45 years ago.

“Our ties to the community are deep, and we appreciate the long-standing partnerships we have.”

Learn more about the ways Husker Harvest Days gives back to rural Nebraska in the graphic below:

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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