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Tour stops are subject to change.

Friday, February 8, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.


Tour 1 – Bacon & Eggs: Pillen Family Farms & Henningsen Foods

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.

Henningsen Foods: Since 1889 Henningsen Foods has been providing the food processing industry with specialty egg, meat, and poultry products. Each of these products is designed with flavor, functionality, and texture in mind.


Tour 2 – Cattle – Field to Fork: Jindra Angus & Cargill

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.

Cargill: The Cargill Turkey & Cooked Meats plant in the Columbus, Nebraska facility was established in 1994 and consists of 160,000 square feet of production facilities. This facility employs over 250 team members and processes approximately 650,000 pounds of product per day.


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.