December 21, 2014

“Raising Nebraska” exhibit new at state fair

There is a new exhibit at this year’s Nebraska State Fair. Associate Dean for UNL Extension and State 4-H Program Administrator Kathleen Lodl says “Raising Nebraska” is a 25,000 foot interactive display about agriculture.

 Lodl says it includes a full-sized pivot irrigation system, a video theater enclosed in a grain bin, a virtual combine ride and other educational experiences. She says the exhibit also refers to raising healthy families and overall awareness among consumers about food and where it comes from.

The exhibit also highlights the importance of career opportunities in agriculture. Lodl says there is a lot to consider in food production and farming is one aspect. She hopes this exhibit encourages others to think about careers associated with agriculture such as science, production and natural resources.

 This will be a year round exhibit where school groups, trade teams and others by appointment. A full time UNL educator will be at the site year round to manage the exhibit and work with visiting groups.