Whether you’re involved in production, conservation, science, business or consuming – Raising Nebraska lets you see agriculture from a number of perspectives.
Throughout its 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, video, touch screen technology and hands-on activities create experiences that are unique to you – all designed to engage, involve and teach. You’ll get to see things up close that you don’t typically get to see.
Surprises lie behind each door, as you discover that it’s not just food that farmers raise. In the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom you’ll discover which everyday items come from agriculture, and in the garage, you’ll learn about renewable fuels like E85. Meanwhile, in the dining room, you can make a meal on the interactive place mat, and learn where your food is grown. You’ll also discover info on food insecurity by county, showcasing total population, the population percentage that suffers from food insecurity, and the number of children affected.
Drive a Combine<
There’s more to harvesting crops than you think! Learn what goes into the decision about which crops to plant each year, how farmers prepare their field for planting, what they do to care for the crops once they’re planted, and how all of those factors affect when they plan the harvest. Then, climb inside the cab of a combine and experience what it’s like to harvest crops in this realistic simulator.
Control the Flow
Getting the right amount of water to the right spot at the right time – that’s the key to making the best use of water in agriculture. In a state with diverse terrain, soil types, climate, and crops see how satellite technology, mapping, fiber optic sprinkler heads and more make this pivot and full-size span as impressive for its versatility as for its size.
When you have questions about agriculture, who can you trust to give you good information? Through our Trusted Voices experiences, we have gone to the experts – scientists, farmers, and ranchers – to give you the answers.
Walkable Map of Nebraska
On this giant topographic map of Nebraska, you’ll experience the difference in elevation and precipitation as you travel from east to west across the state, learn about the top crops and livestock in featured counties, discover the six different ecoregions in the state, read about the rich patchwork of soils that are found in Nebraska, and learn about the underground aquifers that supply most of the groundwater in the state.
Nebraska’s Agriculture is literally rooted in the over 400 kinds of soil found in Nebraska. See and feel a few of the different types of soil, learn soil nutrients and what makes Nebraska’s soils great for raising crops.
Store to Farm, Farm to Store
Two exhibits designed to look like displays in your grocery store feature short videos following the path food takes from the store back to the farm. The video plays forward showing how food goes from the farm to the store.
Experience what it feels like for a cow to be milked! This modified milking machine lets visitors experience what cows experience when they are milked. Then watch the video showing how milk goes from a cow to the store – 48 hours in 48 seconds!
The Amazing Egg
The science of eggs is examined in this larger-than-life digital egg. Learn about why some eggs are brown and some eggs are white, why and how eggs breathe, how long it takes a chicken to lay an egg and so much more!
Other features include:
Aquifer Interactive – Navigate the touchscreen to learn about groundwater, how aquifers work, and other information related to water in Nebraska.
Corn Reading Rail – Read statistics on how farmers are “sustaining innovation” on flat graphic panels, discover the various types of corn, detasseling and the components of corn in the flip books, and interact with the touch screen to discover where Nebraska corn goes, all underneath a larger than life sculpture of an ear of corn!
Soybean Reading Rail – Under a larger-than-life soybean sculpture, read information on soybean production in Nebraska and the various uses of soybeans on the flat reading rails, discover how soybeans grow, and how soybean meal and soybean oil are used by reading the flip books, and interact with the touch screen to discover how soybeans are part of our daily lives.
Informational Banners – On two sets of large informational wall displays, you’ll learn “insider information” about pigs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, dairy goats, and chickens; what types of food products come from these five major species, and other fun facts. You’ll also learn about other Nebraska crops including wheat, sorghum, alfalfa, sugar beets, dry edible beans, and other specialty crops and livestock.
Presentation Kitchen – Just like you see on TV, this full-kitchen has video screens so you can see Nebraska foods prepared by chefs from around the United States. Food preparation, food safety and nutritional presentations from commodity groups and others are shown here as well.
Presentation Stage – Special programming and informational presentations take place on this stage, located in the southeast corner of the building.
Cargill 150th Anniversary Display – Discover more about Cargill and how they’ve made a difference in Nebraska agriculture over the past 150 years in this special exhibit!
Conversation Area – This space is designed to allow visitors to ask questions and talk directly with a farmer, rancher, or other experts. Dive deeper into topics with people who live agriculture every day.