A new exhibit celebrating Nebraska agriculture at the State Fair shows that “Farmers CAN” and will feed the world in a sustainable and environmentally safe way.
The “Farmer CAN” food and farming exhibit is sponsored by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Pork Producers, Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) and the Grange.
As part of the exhibit, there’s three large Canstruction displays of a combine in a corn field, pig in a soybean field and grocery store front, as well as exhibits on how “Farmers CAN” be sustainable, utilize modern agriculture, and add value to their commodities. Family farmers and organization officials are on hand to present the display and answer questions.
Canstruction is a charity that hosts events where structures are created entirely out of canned food then donated to the local food bank. Since 1992, Canstruction has donated more than 21 million pounds of food worldwide to alleviate hunger.
Greg Greving — a soybean farmer from Chapman and chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board — said the Canstruction display consists of 11,115 cans of food. He said all of the canned foods will be given to the Salvation Army in Grand Island for its food pantry.
Ron Pavelka, a soybean farmer from Glenvil and a member of the Nebraska Soybean Board, said that with the decreasing amount of natural resources available for food production, “It is important for modern agriculture to grow more with less resources.”
“It is our goal this year at the State Fair to show the public what Nebraska farmers are doing to meet these needs,” Pavelka said. He said the exhibit highlights how Nebraska farmers, through the use of conservation practices and technology, help make sure the land continues to be sustainable for food production for generations to come.
Read the full story from Robert Pore, The Independent, here.