Farm Progress to Expand Husker Harvest Days Show

Farm Progress announces it will add 100,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space for its 2009 Husker Harvest Days event in response to customer demand. This project marks the company’s fifth consecutive year for major upgrades or expansion of its farm show sites.

Published on: Apr 6, 2009

Husker Harvest Days, the world’s largest irrigated working farm show held annually near Grand Island, Neb., will be expanded with the addition of a new street to its 80-acre exhibit field.

"We’re excited about the growth our shows have had in recent years," Jeff Lapin, President of Farm Progress said. "As we respond to the needs of exhibitors and the farmers who attend our shows, we remain focused on providing the best show experiences and return on investment for our customers."

The Husker Harvest Days site expansion is the latest in a series of farm show improvements made in response to meet customer needs, highlighting the following:

  • The Farm Progress Show built a permanent biennial site in Decatur, Ill., 2005. The new site features a state-of-the-art exhibit field, world-class amenities for exhibitors and visitors, and an infrastructure to withstand inclement weather conditions.
  • Increased demand for exhibit space at the Decatur site required site expansion with the addition of a new street in 2007. Paved asphalt streets were introduced as exhibitors and visitors were welcomed to the show.
  • The Farm Progress Show debuted its second permanent biennial site in Boone, Iowa, in 2008, opening with a sold-out exhibit field. The show now rotates between its two permanent biennial locations.
  • Husker Harvest Days introduced major infrastructure and facilities upgrades in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with the addition of new permanent restrooms, improved drainage and electrical infrastructure.
  • Farm Progress expanded its Large Operator Programs in 2004; the programs aid show exhibitors host large-scale farm operators as they visit their show exhibits.
  • Attendee registration programs were instituted in 2006 at the Farm Progress Show and in 2008 at Husker Harvest Days. This small sampling of show visitors yielded the following data from the 2008 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days programs:
  • 30.5 million crop acres
  • $15 billion gross farm income
  • Farm Progress Show registered attendees from 40 states and 30 countries, underscoring its national and international importance in agriculture.

Farm Progress is the only major media company producing farm show events for the industry and, unlike other farm shows, provides free exhibit space to qualifying advertisers.

"The shows bring paper and ink to life and are dedicated to showcasing the latest technology for producers," said Don Tourte, Farm Progress director, national business development. "Many major ag manufacturers use the Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days to launch or introduce their new equipment and products. It’s where producers come to see, in one or two days, what’s new for their businesses."

Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national events manager, is overseeing the Husker Harvest Days expansion project. "One of our goals with this site's development and all our shows is to make sure each venue retains its traditional rural-gathering character and we will always work hard to make our shows the nation's leading farm events," said Jungmann.

The 2009 Farm Progress Show will be held Sept. 1-3 near Decatur, Ill. Husker Harvest Days will be held Sept. 15-17 near Grand Island, Neb. Farm Progress' two additional shows, the Farm Progress Hay Expo will be held June 10 and 11 near Hixton, Wis. and the New York Farm Show will be held Feb. 25-27 in Syracuse, New York.

For exhibiting information, contact your Farm Progress sales representative, call 630/462-2230 or e-mail shows@farmprogress.com. Additional show information is available online at www.FarmProgressShow.com, www.HuskerHarvestDays.com, www.HayExpo.com, www.NewYorkFarmShow.com.