State Fair "Raises" the Profile of Nebraska Agriculture


A major new exhibit nears completion at the Nebraska State Fair.

Raising Nebraska is the new agriculture experience. The Omaha World-Herald calls it, "Disney meets Deere."

These aren't static displays. Climb inside a combine or click on an interactive display to learn more about agriculture.

State Ag Director Greg Ibach said, "There's technology all around this building to be able to ask questions, see answers, understand how things work. We think consumers coming in here are going to learn a lot about agriculture."

Would you believe there's more elevation change between Omaha and Scottsbluff, than between Omaha and the Atlantic Ocean?

That's just one of the things people can experience on exhibits like a walk-able map.

UNL Dean of Extension Chuck Hibberd said, "See how the elevation changes and ecosystem changes and the crops and livestock grow, how all that changes. When you stand on your county you get information about your county in Nebraska and the ag produced in your county."

The University of Nebraska has taken the lead on the project, working with the Department of Agriculture and groups like the Corn Board and Wheat Growers.