Sylvia, Kan. — U.S. Custom Harvesters (USCHI) kicked off their 40th anniversary from February 2-4, 2023 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska at their Annual Convention. This year saw a record-breaking attendance as 1,147 members and vendors gathered for the event.
The convention opened with a keynote address from Farm Babe Michelle Miller. The convention featured many other speakers and presentations throughout the two days as well as a 146,000 square foot trade show featuring 114 exhibitors. The annual Kids’ Safety Day was a great success, with 75 kids there to learn about farm and equipment safety. Big Time Grain Co. performed the first evening, followed the next day by the highly anticipated annual auction. The convention was rounded off by the annual awards banquet, where deserving members were recognized as scholarship recipients, Hall of Fame inductees, and new appointees to the Board of Directors.
USCHI and INSPRO Scholarship recipient
- Ellie Olsen, Olsen Custom Farms, Hendricks, MN
Hall of Fame Inductees
- Jim Smith, Great Plains Technology Center, Frederick, OK
- Larry Preisser, Preisser Farms and Harvesting, Cunningham, KS
Board of Director Appointments
- Paul Paplow, Vice President, Paplow Harvesting and Trucking
- Mychal Neumiller, Director, Neumiller Harvesting
- Mark Anderson, Director, Anderson Harvesting LLC
Vendor of the Year
- Duo Lift Manufacturing Company
USCHI’s Annual Convention is an opportunity for members to learn and connect with vendors and each other. When asked to describe a custom harvester, outgoing board advisor Raph Joliffe said, “Everybody here is family, and they’ve got an eye out for you and your kids and your friends… family is one of the biggest key words I would use for this organization.” USCHI is proud every year to host the convention and keep this family connected.
Next year’s Annual Convention will be January 25-27, 2024 in Oklahoma City, OK. To become a member or to learn more about U.S. Custom Harvesters, contact Mandi Sieren at (620) 200-1381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.