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Support FFA with online auction

The auction helps fund local FFA chapters and ag programs across Nebraska.

Curt Arens, Editor, Nebraska Farmer

August 24, 2022

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BID ONLINE: There are more than 11,000 FFA members in Nebraska. The annual online FFA benefit auction, which begins Aug. 31 and will conclude Sept. 14 during HHD, helps with funding local FFA chapters and ag programs across the state. The auction is hosted by BigIron Auctions. ArtemSam/getty images

Husker Harvest Days over the years has served as a springboard for fundraising for the Nebraska FFA Foundation, which helps fund local FFA chapters and supervised agricultural experience programs around the state.

The need for that fundraising continues to grow as FFA in Nebraska expands to heights not seen before. That means over 11,000 FFA members in the state in 210 FFA chapters in the fall of 2022.

It has been said that besides the state FFA convention held each April in Lincoln, HHD is the largest gathering of FFA members in the state each year, and that isn’t including FFA members who travel to Husker Harvest Days from other states.

So, it is fitting that the annual FFA online-only auction, conducted again this year through BigIron Auctions, would conclude Sept. 14 during the show.

Sarah Mullen, development and marketing director for Nebraska FFA Foundation, says that BigIron has been helping with this benefit auction since 2016. Last year’s online auction raised $15,000, so the bar is set high for this year’s event.

Just like last year, a John Deere Gator will be one of the headline items at the auction, according to Mullen. However, numerous miscellaneous items will be available for supporters to bid on to help FFA members around Nebraska. Bidding begins online Aug. 31.

To get all the details and register to bid in the auction, visit to support Nebraska FFA.

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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