As co-owner of one of the fastest growing independent seed companies, Champion Seed’s Brett Hodnefield is proud to serve as IPSA’s 2020 board president.
A central Iowa native, Brett grew up on a grain and livestock farm located just six miles from Champion’s Ellsworth Iowa headquarters. Along with co-owner and brother-in-law Seth Hill, Brett has worked to instill many of the values he was taught on his childhood farm in the Champion Seed brand. Undoubtedly, this has played a role in the brand’s continued success and growth in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and most recently the Dakotas. Champion Seed was founded in 2003 and is focused on seed corn and soybean sales.
Brett graduated from Iowa State University with an Ag Business Degree and can still be found on campus cheering the Cyclones to victory whenever he has the opportunity. He and fellow alumnus, Keri have been married for 23 years and have three amazing children; Kassidee, Kyler and Kolby. Kassidee is carrying on the family’s ISU legacy as a sophomore working toward becoming a veterinarian. Kyler is a junior in high school and Kolby is currently in sixth grade, both boys are busy with sports and 4H. The family has a 100 head cow/calf herd and as a family put in long hours into getting show cattle ready each year. The Hodnefield’s focus on keeping hard work and farm family values front and center for their children.
From his earliest days on the Hodnefield family farm, ag has been a passion for Brett. In addition to management responsibilities, he oversees the Champion Seed sales team. Brett continues to spend a great deal of time selling seed himself; because he enjoys spending time with growers and is far more comfortable on a farm than behind a desk.
Brett is no stranger to leadership positions like the one he’s undertaking for IPSA. He has served on the city council and as mayor of his hometown. Brett was also on the board for local county supervisors and for the city police. Most recently, served as a deacon and president of his church. He is particularly honored to become the 2020 IPSA president, not only because he’s proud of Champion’s independent success, but because of the role he believes independent seed companies play in delivering quality service and providing growers with greater diversity and choice.
When not selling seed or tending to chores, Brett thoroughly enjoys cheering on his children at sporting events. As a family, Brett, Keri and the kids get a kick out of traveling, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.