Maggie Jo Hansen

Senior Manager, Commodity Purchasing

Tyson Foods Inc.


Age: 28

Maggie Jo Hansen

Maggie Jo Hansen grew up on a farm in Bergman (Boone County) so it might not seem unusual that she is working in the food commodity industry for Tyson Foods Inc., but Hansen said the two facts are more a happy coincidence.

“I was always driven by helping people and connecting with people,” Hansen said. “As I’ve gone through my career, I’ve related back to my upbringing but it wasn’t my upbringing that led to my career.”

Hansen was a standout student in the university’s Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences. After internships in Belgium and Scotland and a master’s degree in Agricultural & Extension Education, Hansen took a job with Tyson Foods.

Her original position was leading the communications and marketing team for the company’s Local Grain Services initiative, which works to buy feed grain directly from farmers. Hansen’s success led her to promotions, the most recent of which has her the senior manager of the company’s speciality products and strategic initiatives.

For the outgoing and creative Hansen, it is the perfect position, working with farmers to buy products but also create partnerships to further Tyson’s sustainability goals.

“I get to do a lot of different things, and that is what makes it fun,” Hansen said. “I saw a lot of opportunity for agricultural and sustainability issues to work together rather than against each other. We all want to take care of our lands, farmers more than anyone. All we need is a middle ground to meet on, and I feel I can provide that.”