(Posted Mon. Jun 27th, 2016)
This article and podcast are the first in a series profiling candidates for the 2017 Corn Board.
Kevin Ross presents a unique combination of attributes, bringing both the energy of youth and seasoned experience of a veteran leader to his service of other farmers. Having already served one term on the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board, he hopes to continue his service through re-election to the post in July.
Ross decided to run for re-election to the Corn Board because he wants to contribute to the greater good for the future of agriculture, solidifying the ability of future generations of farmers.
“My first term on the Corn Board has been a fantastic experience. Being able to represent our industry on behalf of the farmers and for the best interests of our crop has been a privilege,” said Ross. “The body and schedule of work that this organization touches, and its reputation, keep me inspired to continue to work even harder for our growers.”
As a member of the Corn Board, Ross brings a passion for the work that NCGA does to his service and believes that his experience, combined with that of his fellow board members, has helped move the association forward in a positive manor.
“My goal as a member of the Corn Board is to work hard to keep corn as an industry at the forefront of any conversation related to agriculture in our country,” Ross explained. “Too often, I think that we sell ourselves a little short because the corn industry really does mean success for so many others in farming and throughout the agricultural industry as a whole. We need to make sure that we keep coming to the table and speaking loudly. Corn needs to be represented, and we, as farmers, need to represent it well.”
Ross is a sixth-generation family farmer in southwestern Iowa. Along with his wife, Sara, he grows corn, soybeans, alfalfa and runs a cow/calf operation. Growing corn almost exclusively using no-till methods, they hope to someday pass the farm on to their four young sons, Hudson, Axten, Carver and Hollis.
In addition to his work on the Corn Board, Ross serves as the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee 2017 Co-chair and as board liaison to the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. Previously, he has served on the NCGA Finance Committee, as the president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and on the Iowa AgState Initiative.
To listen to the full interview with Ross, click here.
The NCGA Corn Board election takes place at the July 20 Corn Congress session in Washington.