Jeff and Deb Hansen, pork producers who founded Iowa Select Farms in 1992, are contributing $2 million toward the construction of Iowa State University’s Agriculture Student Learning Center. As a result, the university is proposing to name the center after the couple who reside in West Des Moines.. The Iowa Board of Regents will consider the proposal on Wednesday, March 21.
The Agriculture Student Learning Center is estimated to cost $7 million and will have seating for 1,000 people. Among the prospective facility use, Iowa State officials say it could host education and training sessions, as well as livestock, dog and horse competitions. Four classrooms would also be included in the building..
The building itself is not a done deal, as the Board of Regents also need to give final approval for the project to move forward. That discussion is set for a later date, according to the university.
The Hansen’s $2 million would be the leading gift for the project, Iowa State University Foundation officials point. Adding that it substantially moves the project’s fundraising forwardt.
Iowa Select, headquartered in Iowa Falls, is the state’s largest Iowa-based pork producer. It employs more than 900 people in 43 Iowa counties.