Dennis and his son annually raises 2,500 to 3,000 hogs in a farrow-to-finish business near Essex, in Page County. He also raises 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans.
Dennis was instrumental in reorganizing the Page County Pork Producers, and has served continuously on the county board, holding all offices. Dennis supports the Page County Fair by serving as assistant swine superintendent. He has been honored with the Page County Hog Wild Award, and was named a Master Pork Producer by IPPA in 1994. Dennis served on the IPPA board of directors for six years, including serving in 2021 as the IPPA President.
He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.