LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 2021 edition of the Nebraska Ag Expo opened in Lincoln on Tuesday at the Lancaster County Events Center.

The show, which is the second largest indoor ag show in the United States, features exhibits from 1,700 companies from 27 states and six Canadian provinces.

The Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association (INEDA), in conjunction with the Nebraska Ag Expo hosts a Career Exploration Event aimed to create awareness of employment opportunities in the equipment industry.

Full-line manufacturers that attendees can find will be Case, AGCO, John Deere, New Holland & Kubota; and short-line manufacturers: tillage, planting, hay & forage, sprayers, seed handling, grain handling equipment & irrigation equipment; as well as other Agriculture related products

Along with products, they had a guest speaker Tuesday -- Gov. Pete Ricketts. He addressed job opportunities in Nebraska, more specifically in the Ag Industry.

"What I've come to talk about, the great opportunities to be able to talk to young people about the careers we have in agriculture," said Ricketts. "And that is hugely important for us here in Nebraska."

According to Ricketts, agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska. 

"About one-in-four jobs in Nebraska are tied back to agriculture," said Ricketts. "That creates a lot of opportunities. In fact, the USDA says that every year we create nearly 60,000 jobs opportunities in agriculture, and agriculture related fields and its resources."

During the remaining days of the ag expo, Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and interested city folk can examine ag products from combines to ag buildings. The expo opens at 8:30 each morning and runs through Thursday at 3:00 p.m.