What Nebraska does best

Raising Nebraska’s full-size section of a center pivot greets visitors, drawing their eyes down through the entire 25,000 square foot exhibit. To the right of the pivot, a seating area is dwarfed by its own skyward signage culminating in a bold, red “Nebraska” 30 feet up. To the left is director Beth Janning’s favorite part of the Raising Nebraska agricultural experience, the Agri-House. She likes it best because it has the potential to surprise a lot of people who may not realize how many different products are a result of agriculture.

“Regardless of where you live or what career path you choose in Nebraska, agriculture affects you.” she says. “From the byproducts to the economy of Nebraska — which is very much an agriculture economy — it relates back to them. I hope visitors realize the magnitude of agriculture, whether it’s the manufacturing of our pivots, our tractors, the combines, to getting our food from those that raise it to our plate.”

It’s not a static exhibit. Just because you visited during the last state fair doesn’t mean it will be the same next year.

The experience is still in development; phase two is in the works and they will continue to add to the exhibit. Banners will be replaced with experiential learning tools, such as the interactive Walkable Map which is next to the Agri-House. “It’s not a static exhibit. Just because you visited during the last state fair doesn’t mean it will be the same next year,” Janning states emphatically as workmen nearby prepare fiber optics to install on the center pivot. An adjacent garden is scheduled to be planted in March.


Raising Nebraska is open to the public Monday-Friday from 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm, as well as every second Saturday of the month from 10am-noon.

Contact Tricia Beem at the visitors bureau for itinerary assistance and private tours by phone (800-658-3178) or email (tbeem@visitgrandisland.com).