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FFA students visit 44th-Annual Husker Harvest Days

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 8:45 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Husker Harvest Days is back in its usual form following a year off from in-person activities due to COVID-19. People from all around Nebraska and from out of state got in on the agricultural festivities.

There was plenty of farm equipment on display, as well as several vendors selling a variety goods and services. Product demonstrations also paired well with plenty of food and learning opportunities.

A number of students involved in FFA were out at the show Wednesday to see what all the three-day event had to offer. Matt Jungmann, the National Events Director for Farm Progress, said it was rewarding to see all of the young students interested in agriculture.

“They’re the future of the industry and, you know, to see the technological advancements and the tools that are used, it’s good for them to get hands-on and have the opportunity to view it and see it live and in person,” Jungmann said.

Dustin Hazen, a student involved in FFA at Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk visited Husker Harvest Days for his first time Wednesday with other FFA members.

“I basically seen a lot of people giving away a lot of free things, which I think is very awesome,” Hazen said. “There’s a lot of things like, you can learn about corn and different other chemicals you can use for your corn plants and soybeans and things like that.”

The Nebraska Extension had a building with a number of booths set up, providing event-goers detailed information on agricultural-related topics. There were also demonstrations going on during the show including field preparation, haying, cattle handling, herding dogs and more.

Hazen said he knew his favorite part of the field trip before they officially packed up and headed out for the day.

“Probably just walking around enjoying the conversations you could have with the people here,” he said. “I love it, love it. Wish I could be here for longer.”

While a large number of attendees continuously came in and out of the gates, Jungmann said he took notice of the biggest attractions during the 2021 show.

“The autonomy has been a big draw, America, the $1.8 million bowl has been a draw, but generally, I think it’s just the fact that we’re all back in person again,” Jungmann said. “After missing it last year, there’s a lot of smiles on a lot of faces just to be able to come back out, and the weather’s been a big hit too.”

Husker Harvest Days started up in 1978 and has continued to bring in crowds every year since.

The last events of the 2021 show are planned to finish up at 5 p.m. Thursday, but Husker Harvest Days will make its return again next year with more agricultural festivities and learning opportunities.

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