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Husker Harvest Days offers a one-stop educational experience for grain producers.

Elizabeth Hodges

August 21, 2023

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attendees at the HHD looking at commodity booths
ALL TOGETHER: Commodity organizations from Nebraska will offer education in one location at Husker Harvest Days.Farm Progress

Building partnerships and adding value is important to all segments of agriculture.

Once again during this year’s Husker Harvest Days, the corn, sorghum, soybean and wheat producers of Nebraska are partnering at one location to showcase and promote the American-made, Nebraska-raised products and the farmers who grow them.

Stop by their exhibits to learn about the latest developments for the crops and gather new information. Find it all at the Ag Commodities Building on Main Street at Lot 10 during this year’s Husker Harvest Days.

Pop on over to Nebraska corn

More than 21,000 corn producers invest in the Nebraska corn checkoff program through the Nebraska Corn Board. The state also has more than 2,400 producers who pay dues to be members of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.

Farmers representing the organizations will be on hand throughout Husker Harvest Days to discuss key initiatives that are enhancing demand, adding value and ensuring sustainability for the state’s corn industry.

While at the booth, grab a can of Coca-Cola, one of the many uses of Nebraska corn.

You will also have a chance to sign up or renew your Nebraska Corn Growers Association membership to further advocate for the state’s corn industry.

Growing the value of soy

Food, feed and industrial — all versatile uses of Nebraska soybeans. The Nebraska Soybean Board and the soy checkoff have existed for one reason: to grow value for Nebraska’s soybean farmers. NSB is also increasing the value of soybeans through strategic investments in the areas of production research, farmer support, community engagement and demand.

When visiting the Ag Commodities Building, check out the free seed coupon offer and the Goodyear soy tire drawing for joining NSA.

And stop by the Nebraska Soybean Association booth to engage with NSA directors and talk about the benefits of joining NSA. Members support a voice for Nebraska soybean farmers at the state and federal level through advocacy and legislative representation.

Sustainable cropping system achieved though wheat

Providing 20% of the daily protein and food calories for billions of people each year, wheat is a key ingredient in human nutrition.

This fact drives the Nebraska Wheat Board and the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association to develop international and domestic markets, increase variety potential and support legislation that benefits Nebraska’s wheat producers.

“It’s important for the Wheat Board and Wheat Growers to communicate directly with producers and consumers in order to share the advances in research, nutritional advancements and marketing successes that move the Nebraska wheat industry forward,” says Mark Knobel, chairman of the Nebraska Wheat Board.

Stop by the wheat booth to learn about the latest wheat varieties released from the University of Nebraska’s Small Grains Breeding Program and discuss trade prospects for Nebraska wheat.

You can also determine how to integrate wheat into a sustainable cropping system, join the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association and enjoy a sweet wheat treat.

2023: The year of sorghum

Exports represent a large portion of the U.S. sorghum market; however, domestic markets for sorghum as an ingredient in human and pet foods are steadily increasing in value. Trade policy, international market development and consumer education are, therefore, top priorities in sorghum’s efforts to achieve greater profit opportunities for producers.

“With 2023 being the year of the millet, sorghum is receiving extra attention,” says David Junker, chairman of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. “This helps us continue to educate consumers on the versatility of sorghum in everything from human and pet foods to home insulation. Stop by our booth with questions and try some popped sorghum,” he adds.

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Hodges

Staff Writer, Farm Progress

Growing up on a third-generation purebred Berkshire hog operation, Elizabeth Hodges of Julian, Neb., credits her farm background as showing her what it takes to be involved in the ag industry. She began her journalism career while in high school, reporting on producer progress for the Midwest Messenger newspaper.

While a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she became a Husker Harvest Days intern at Nebraska Farmer in 2022. The next year, she was hired full time as a staff writer for Farm Progress. She plans to graduate in 2024 with a double major in ag and environmental sciences communications, as well as animal science.

Being on the 2022 Meat Judging team at UNL led her to be on the 2023 Livestock Judging team, where she saw all aspects of the livestock industry. She is also in Block and Bridle and has held different leadership positions within the club.

Hodges’ father, Michael, raises hogs, and her mother, Christy, is an ag education teacher and FFA advisor at Johnson County Central. Hodges is the oldest sibling of four.

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