August 17, 2021
Husker Harvest Days is a premiere show for many reasons — one of them is its location in Nebraska, the nation’s top irrigation state, with an array of irrigation manufacturers.
Irrigation technology and the hundreds of exhibitors touting new products and systems are also reasons that Husker Harvest Days has become a destination for visitors from not only across the country, but also around the world.
Before COVID-19 canceled the 2020 show, Farm Progress in 2019 partnered with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development, along with Valmont Industries, to unveil a new International Visitors Center on the show site.
Located at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Main Street on Lot 34 — just north of the Hospitality Tent — the visitors center offers hospitality, networking and opportunities to connect U.S. and international agricultural business interests.
Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director, says Nebraska is a hub for irrigation companies and irrigation equipment like center pivots. The products are being shipped not only to farmers within a three-hour drive of Husker Harvest Days, but also to farmers all over the globe.
“It’s fair to say HHD is one of the best exhibits they [companies] put up to display their new technology and tools, and it’s one of the best places for folks to come and learn about it. It would be great if we can attract growers all over the world to HHD,” Jungmann says
The last time an in-person Husker Harvest Days show was held, Nebraska companies used the International Visitors Center to give presentations in a kind of matchmaking platform. If visitors were interested in learning more about the company, they could watch the presentation and make a point to visit its exhibit at Husker Harvest Days.
At that time, the U.S. Commercial Service, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln also made presentations at the International Visitors Center.
With his support and promotion of Nebraska products and companies to a strong list of specific countries, Gov. Pete Ricketts firmly supports and promotes the International Visitors Center at HHD.
Getting back to normal
While things have opened considerably in Nebraska over the past few months, COVID-19 restrictions are still in place in many countries around the world. This challenges the continuing efforts of international travelers to make connections with international growers at the show.
However, the International Visitors Center, with Chief Agri joining Valley Irrigation as a sponsor, will be open for business. The format for 2021 will be similar to 2019, providing networking and connections for Nebraska businesses with an international interest and scope, and offering a place for presentations to international business interests and growers.
In fact, the International Visitors Center at Husker Harvest Days will feature an Exporter Education hour from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 to help growers and exhibitors understand the state and federal resources available to assist in the exporting process.
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