A fifth-generation farming family, the Hansen Ranches are headquartered in Corcoran, California. Brothers Phillip and Erik oversee the farm where they grow cotton, almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, and a variety of field crops.
The Hansen family emigrated to California from Denmark in the early 1900s. Today, Phillip and Erik manage the day-to-day operations, overseeing 20,000 acres of farmland and over 60 employees.
The Hansens started working on the family farm at the young ages of 12 and 13. Their father insisted they try their hands at a variety of jobs to ensure both boys had a full understanding of what it takes to operate a farm. Years later, Phil graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business Management, while Erik graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Utah. After graduating, they both returned to Corcoran to work on the farm full-time.
Today, Phil is President of Hansen Ranches and still works closely with his brother, Erik, who is the General Manager of Farming Operations and Water Conservation. Phil and Erik both serve on numerous boards, including Tulare Lake Water Storage District, Supima, Superior Almond Hulling, Horizon Nut, and the Corcoran Community Foundation. In addition to their board appointments, Phil is also the Current Chairman of California Cotton Growers Association, while Erik donates a good majority of his time to agricultural education through the EAT Foundation.