Nebraska native Sarah Polak has been named experience coordinator at Raising Nebraska, the award-winning agricultural literacy experience at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds.
Polak brings more than two decades of administrative and agricultural experience to the position. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumna previously held responsibilities with the Hastings Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center and Plainsman Museum.
“The daughter of an irrigation well-driller and a science teacher, my parents instilled in me a strong foundation and love for Nebraska,” Polak said. “Raising Nebraska offers an opportunity to help others understand Nebraska and the importance of agriculture to our state.”
Through interactive exhibits and displays, Raising Nebraska is designed to let people see agriculture from virtually every angle — including water conservation, soil health, animal wellbeing, food safety, invention, innovation, economic impact and global hunger.
“As our world becomes increasingly urban, we tend to lose connection with where our food comes from,” Polak said. “Raising Nebraska showcases the present and future of agriculture to help people connect with their food again.”
Raising Nebraska is open Monday through Friday throughout the year. The exhibition is a cooperative effort between the Nebraska State Fair, Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Nebraska.