The Iowa pork industry has a long history of honoring producers who excel in the production of hogs and this is another significant award that has been handed out since 1958.
Sponsored by the Iowa Purebred Swine Council, the Master Seedstock Producer Award is designed to recognize significant contributions to the Iowa and national purebred industries and for evidence of genetic improvements within their selected breeds for the benefit of Iowa, the nation and, in many cases, internationally.
That initial 1958 class consisted of Wilbert Meinhart of Hudson, Wallace Lang and his son, Tom, of Brooklyn and Bernard Weed and sons of Ute.
Over the years, recipients of the Master Seedstock Producer Award have become a virtual "Who's Who" of seedstock producers in Iowa purebred circles -- the Friedows of Kanawha, the Hirsches of Indianola, the Stewarts of Waverly, the Eddie brothers of Storm Lake, the Conover family, Curtiss of Churdan, the Olsons, the Huinkers, the Christians and so many other distinguished producers.
With thousands of people involved in pork production in Iowa, it is a rare honor to receive the award and more than 100 Master Seedstock Producers have now been recognized since the award's inception.
2014 Master Seedstock Producer
The Master Seedstock Award is presented annually by the Iowa Purebred Swine Council to recognize outstanding seedstock producers who exemplify integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred swine industry.
We’re proud to introduce the recipient of the 2014 Master Seedstock Producer Award.
Grinnell, Poweshiek County
Ron has been producing pigs for more than 30 years on a farm that also includes 400 acres of corn, 400 acres of soybeans and 40 beef cows.
Iverson’s seedstock business started with two Duroc gilts. He produced crossbred animals for a while, then switched to purebred Hampshire production in 1990 when he purchased his first purebred Hamps. He now sells Hampshire show pigs and makes a conscious effort to keep commercial swine production traits as a major emphasis in his breeding program.
Most of his sales are male pigs because he likes to keep his females for reproduction. Ron grinds his own feed and provides the labor.
Iverson has been a very active purebred Hampshire breeder, especially on the state and national level. He has served on the Iowa Hampshire Board, the National Hampshire Swine Registry Board of Directors and the National Swine Registry Executive Committee. He has exhibited several champion and reserve champion Hampshires at the Iowa State Fair and National Hampshire Type Conferences, as well as numerous other awards.
In addition to his seedstock and farming business, Ron serves on the local county fair board.
Ron and his wife, Marcia, have three adult children.