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Safety still part of ‘ag family reunion’Safety still part of ‘ag family reunion’

Sanitation practices increase; face masks remain optional at Husker Harvest Days.

Mindy Ward

September 13, 2021

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GREATER ACCESS: Husker Harvest Days visitors will be able to wash their hands or use sanitizers at the show site. Zephyr18/ Getty Images

When it comes to extra safety precautions at Husker Harvest Days in the wake of COVID-19, Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events director, says much of the change happens behind the scenes with increased sanitation services.

“We have people that are going to come to the show who are bound and determined not to let COVID change their life whatsoever. And they should be able to experience a show like that,” Jungmann says. “And then we’ll have people that are going to want to maintain a little distance and change their behavior a little bit. And we’re sensitive to that.

“So, we’re going to have some areas for them to stretch out and get away from the crowd a little bit. For the most part, it should be a fairly normal experience at Husker Harvest Days.”

For those coming to the show, Sept. 14-16, in Grand Island, they can count on these safety precautions:

Hand sanitizer stations. Jungmann says the show site will increase the amount of hand-sanitizing stations throughout the grounds.

Face mask availability. Face makes are not required for entry or while inside Husker Harvest Days show grounds. Jungmann says individuals are free to make a choice to wear a mask.

This year’s return to normal for Husker Harvest Days is what Jungmann deems “a celebration.”

“We’ve made it through a year being separated,” he says. “Now is a time to come together as an agriculture family — like a bit of a family reunion, just hanging out kicking tires and talking equipment.”

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About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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