This upcoming week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 11, 12 and 13, marks the 35th annual Husker Harvest Days at Grand Island. And once again, Husker Harvest Days is teaming up with Monsanto to help stamp out hunger. One in six rural residents struggle with hunger. Farmers and ranchers attending the big farm show this week are encouraged to bring cans of food and other non-perishable food items to the show to help out. There will be a drop-off location at each gate, so it is quick and easy to contribute.
For each pound of food donated through the show, Monsanto will contribute $1 in cash to United Way, up to $20,000, to benefit area food pantries serving families in need. For farmers, feeding people is our way of life. This is a convenient way to kick in to help the needy folks in our communities.
Most farm folks in the region have had a tough summer. Although much of Nebraska’s crop ground is irrigated, keeping a good share of our crops in the game all summer, it has been a challenging year for everyone on the farm and ranch.
This situation makes Husker Harvest Days an even more important event, because you are certain to find over 600 exhibitors who are also geared in on the drought. These folks have expertise and advice on how to meet the challenges dry and hot weather has presented. You can learn more about drought tolerant crops, how to make your irrigation system more water and energy efficient, and how to keep your livestock healthy through all kinds of weather. If you are making plans for next season, Husker Harvest Days most likely will offer displays, demonstrations, exhibitors and professionals in agriculture who can help.
Challenging conditions on the farm increase the need for rural folks to have all the information they might need, to make cropping decisions, livestock forage plans, technology updates and equipment purchases that will help us through the tough situations we’ve been facing.
And, if you are planning to attend, be sure to stop by the Hospitality Tent to say hello to Nebraska Farmer editor, Don McCabe, or myself, or any of the other Farm Progress editors and staff attending. We truly look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones in Grand Island!
Be sure to watch www.nebraskafarmer.com and read our current September print issue of Nebraska Farmer for news, information and tips on meeting the challenges of drought and a preview of what’s in store at Husker Harvest Days. Your best online resource for drought information is the Farm Progress drought site at www.DatelineDrought.com.