Homegrown Iowa

We’re proud to be a homegrown Iowa company in the heart of a homegrown Iowa industry—pig farming.

We’re also proud of what our 1,200 employees and 650 contractors accomplish every day. We’re honored to do business with more than 1,700 different Iowa companies in more than 320 Iowa cities and towns and work hard to make those communities a better place in which to live, work and raise a family.

Our History

Jeff Hansen is a third-generation family farmer from Iowa Falls, Iowa. He and wife Deb married after high school in 1976. He and Deb converted an old barn at his dad’s farm for farrowing and bought three sows from a local sale barn and started their own farrowing operation.

After growing their herd to 50 sows, Hansen sought better equipment to reduce labor and modernize their farm. Hansen incorporated raised decks for the sows and also began selling the flooring system to area producers. Soon after he founded Modern Hog Concepts, an equipment supply company that eventually grew to include manufacturing facilities and offering producers across the Midwest custom or turnkey building packages.

In 1992, Hansen had a vision to build his own farms. After obtaining financing and a contract for his first 10,000 sows, Iowa Select Farms was born. His dream was to build a farming business that would produce high quality pork while benefiting Iowa through job and economic growth.


Today, Iowa Select Farms is a privately-owned, Iowa farming business, in fact, we’re the fourth largest pork producer in the U.S., marketing over five million hogs a year. Iowa Select Farms has 800 farms in 50 counties and is one of the leading economic engines to Iowa’s rural communities.

We’re proud to employ or contract with 1,850 Iowans who work in animal science and livestock care, transportation, maintenance and repair, veterinary services, environmental services, information technology, construction, swine nutrition, and hundreds of other roles critical to our business.

While we remain committed to only live production, we’re proud to be aligned with two major packers. Both provide quality protein to pork brands that are staples in grocery stores, restaurants and foodservice distributors in Iowa, the US and across the globe.

Read more about Iowa Select Farms here.