County extension plans JBS tour for youth

Marshall County Extension Youth Coordinator Caleb Carver feels more people in the area should learn about the work being done at the JBS pork processing plant.

He has come up with what he hopes is an annual event for youth to tour the plant in Marshalltown to see how it all works.

“They are doing a lot of really great things over there,” Carver said. “It’s becoming one of the best rendering facilities in the nation.”

Carver is planning what is called JBS Pork University for June 19. A group of 20 youth older than 16 will get a chance to tour the plant in the morning then head to the Iowa State University swine farm later in the day.

“They’ll get to see the little baby pigs being born and the farm aspect of it too,” Carver said.

Carver said he has been fascinated with tours of JBS in the past and talked about the robots used to pick boxes in the freezer and ship them off.

“It’s so cool,” Carver said. “This is a wonderful opportunity.”

He said this tour is perfect for youth who want to study ag business, engineering or other farm-related fields.

The cost is $50 and includes transportation and lunch, but is free for Marshall County 4-Hers. Youth must have a valid driver’s license and live in Marshall County.

Carver said the tour will include the harvesting of the hog,

“If they don’t want to see that part they can choose not to,” Carver said.

For more information or to register for the tour, call Carver at the extension office at 641-752-1551. The registration deadline is June 1, with spots for 20 youth.