yfr conference2019

Friday, February 8

12:00 p.m.

Registration Opens

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Tours: Tour stops are subject to change.

Tour 1 – Bacon & Eggs: Pillen Family Farms & Tuls Dairy
Pillen Family Farms:
Pillen Family Farms is a Nebraska-based family-owned farming operation and a leader in the pork production industry. Participants cannot be around pigs for at least three days and nights prior to the tour. This includes visits to fairs, meat packers, etc.

Tuls Dairy: Tuls Dairies is a family-farming business currently operating dairy farms in Nebraska and Wisconsin. Tuls Dairies also operates Summit Calf Ranch in Nebraska and Trinity Feed Yard in Kansas where calves, heifers, and steers are raised.

Tour 2 – Cattle – Field to Fork: Jindra Angus & ADM
Jindra Angus: Located in Northeast Nebraska, the Jindra Program stems from a registered Angus herd that is rooted by Scotch Cap Genetics. In 1994 the first females were purchased from Doug and Molly Hoff. Since then, extensive use of Hoff sires with artificial insemination and embryo transfer has accelerated the growth of what has become Jindra Angus. The program has been complimented by genetics from many great Angus programs, but maintains its potent base of Scotch Cap genetics.

ADM: ADM operates more than 230 processing plants that turn corn and other grains into products such as ethanol and animal feed. The Columbus facility is the second largest behind the global headquarters in Decatur, Illinois.

Tour 3 – Building Agriculture: Duo Lift & Behlen
Duo Lift:
Duo Lift® was founded in 1943 by Arthur Hellbusch when he began manufacturing a wagon lift in the family's milk barn. He designed a mechanism to slide between the wagon box and running gear, which, through a series of pulleys and cable, lifted the wagon box and allowed grain to be emptied out the back. From those beginnings came an array of unique and specialized innovations in trailers of all kinds, running gears, and fertilizer handling equipment for the farm industry.

Behlen: In 1936, Behlen Mfg. Co. was founded in the Columbus, Nebraska garage of Walter D. Behlen. The first products produced by Behlen were steel toe caps for work shoes and clamps for wooden egg crates. Behlen has grown from its humble beginnings to a global leader in steel fabrication. 

5:15 p.m.

What to Expect from YF&R - YF&R Committee Members & Audrey Schipporeit, NEFB
North Bank

6:00 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Corn Hole Tournament & Social feat. Music by Chris Saub
Whiskey Sands & Courtyard

Saturday, February 9

6:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Breakfast at the Hotel

8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Discussion Meet - First Round
Delta, Tributary, North Bank, South Bank

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker - Matt Lohr
Grand Rivers Ballroom

10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Discussion Meet - Second Round
Delta, Tributary, North Bank, South Bank
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakouts - Round 1

  1. Understanding the Genetic Potential of Your Cow Herd – Denis Comer
    South Bank
  2. Soil Health Through Nutrient Balance and Cover Crops – Mike Nichols
    North Bank
  3. Family Dynamics in Farming – Kyle Lechtenberg
  4. Tips for Success – Collegiate Career Hunt with UNL Alumni
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.


Speaker: Gov. Pete Ricketts

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Breakouts - Round 2

  1. Beef Heifer Development Systems and Lifetime Productivity– Dr. Rick Funston
    South Bank
  2. Oops I Did it Again: Don't Let Planter Maintenance Get You Off to the Wrong Start – Brandon Hamer
    North Bank
  3. Improve Your Farms Potential - Protect Your Health – Ellen Duysen
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Snack Break

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakouts - Round 3

  1. Growing Hops in Nebraska – Jacob Robison
    North Bank
  2. GMO-Yes or No? – Hilary Maricle
  3. From Prices to Policy--What Can Farmers and Ranchers Expect? – Jordan Dux & Jay Rempe
    South Bank
4:00 - 4:50 p.m. Discussion Meet Finals
Grand Rivers Ballroom
5:00 p.m.

Social Hour
Whiskey Sands

6:00 p.m.


Entertainment: Hypnotist Steve Meade