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Maynard Hogberg | 2016

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Stanton, Iowa native is noted for his insightful vision, hard work and tireless dedication to the swine industry.

Born | Artist: Richard Steward Halstead (born 1947)



Impact & Accomplishments


Raised on a livestock farm in southwest Iowa, Maynard Hogberg received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University. In 1976 he joined the faculty at Michigan State University with an appointment in extension, teaching, and research in swine nutrition and management. He was appointed chair of the Animal Science Department in 1984 and led a major effort to strengthen animal agriculture in Michigan: the Revitalization of Animal Agriculture in Michigan initiative added substantial funding to modernize facilities as well as expand faculty and programmatic support.


In 2003 he was named chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Recognized as a leader in the Animal Science departments, he elevated two major departments in scholarship and industry involvement to national standing, thereby maintaining their land grant mission. He elevated the departments as fundraising powerhouses, enabling them to recruit talented faculty, staff, and students.


Dr. Hogberg was instrumental in the formation of the National Swine Registry and the National Junior Swine Association. He was involved in developing the Egg Industry Center and U.S. Pork Center of Excellence at Iowa State University as a response to the national need for university and industry partnerships.


He served as President of the American Society of Animal Science and the Federation of Animal Science Societies, receiving the Animal Industry Service Award and Fellow Award. Dr. Hogberg was recognized with numerous additional awards including the Distinguished Service Awards from the Pedigreed Livestock Council, National Pork Board, National Swine Improvement Federation, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, and Iowa State University Foundation. The Livestock Publications Council presented him with the Headliner Award as well.



Did You Know?


“The Saddle and Sirloin Club honor recognizes Dr. Hogberg’s legacy as one of the nation’s premier university leaders of animal science programs,” said Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. “During his tenure, he contributed greatly to enhance our animal science department’s reputation. Due to his leadership, the department is nationally and internationally recognized for its strong undergraduate and graduate programs, an excellent broad-based research program and an actively engaged extension program. His engagement with and responsiveness to the needs of Iowa livestock and poultry industries was critical in helping Iowa State meet its land-grant mission to Iowa agriculture.”

Hogberg was the 2014 National Pork Board Distinguished Service Award winner.

One of the developments of the National Swine Registry was the creation of the National Junior Swine Registry (NJSR). The NJSR is the largest junior livestock registry in the United States with over 12,000 members strong.

Courtesy of the National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff




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