Tour stops are subject to change.
Friday, February 8, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
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.