Growing up in Dike, Trent always had an interest in agriculture, but other than periodically helping his uncle with chores, he had no prior pig experience. After high school, he pursued a degree in ag business at nearby Hawkeye Community College and then joined a local cooperative full-time.
“I’ve always known a lot of people who worked for Iowa Select Farms as growers,” he said. “I was looking for a change of pace, and from what I knew, it seemed like a good opportunity. I really liked the idea of doing something new every day.”
Now a finishing supervisor, Trent conducts daily farm assessments, helps managers with chores, light barn repair and maintenance, ensures all farms have necessary supplies, record keeping and quite possibly the biggest job—marketing pigs.
“When you put everything we do down on paper it seems like a lot, but it’s a really fun job,” he said. “It makes a difference that you enjoy what you do when you’re getting out of bed in the morning.”