Stu Swanson is a third-generation family farmer in the Galt and Clarion area raising corn and soybeans as well as custom feeding wean to finish hogs. He sells hogs to Lewright’s Locker in Eagle Grove which processes and sells pork from his farm to grocery stores and restaurants in Central and Northern Iowa.
Stu currently serves as the Iowa Corn Growers Association Director representing District 2. In past experiences, he has served on the Strategic Planning Taskforce and currently serves as the vice chair of the Animal Agriculture & Environment Committee.
He has served in leadership positions in the North Central Coop Board of Directors, County FSA Committee, and the Wright County Fair Swine Committee. After college, he worked at the Iowa Pork Producers Association as the director of producer education. Stu also received the honor of being selected by the Iowa Pork Producers Association as Master Pork Producer in 2017.
He is a current member of Iowa’s corn, soybean, and pork producers associations as well as the Wright County Farm Bureau. In addition, he plays an active role in many activities with Wright County Fair including serving on the swine committee and has sat on the county 4-H youth committee as well as a current leader for the Wright County PIG 4-H club.
He is passionate about accelerating water quality efforts in Iowa. Stu uses buffer strips, wetland, conservation reserve acres and nitrogen stabilizers to help improve soil health and water on his farm. He implemented a two-and-a-half-acre grid soil sampling program 10 years ago in order to fertilize each acre more precisely and utilizes poultry and hog manure to fertilize nearly two-thirds of his farms from his own facilities, as well as neighboring.
Stu enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. He is proud to instill the importance of agriculture with his children.