Kevin Ross, a corn grower near Minden, Iowa, serves as first vice president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, a farmer-led trade association with offices in St. Louis and Washington.
A sixth-generation family farmer, Kevin and his wife, Sara, grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and run a 140-head cow/calf operation. Growing corn using no-till methods, they hope to someday pass the farm on to their four young sons, Hudson, Axten, Carver and Hollis.
On the national level, Ross serves on the Resolutions Committee, the Finance Committee and as the association’s representative to the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center. As NCGA First Vice President, he also serves as first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation.
Previously, he has served as board liaison to the Food, Feed and Industrial Action Team, the Grower Services Action Team, the Production and Stewardship Action Team, and the Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team. He has also served as a member of NCGA’s Finance Committee, the association’s liaison to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and as 2017 Co-Chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee.
Prior to his term on the Corn Board, Ross served on NCGA’s Ethanol Committee, Public Policy Action Team and as a member of the CornPAC.
Ross is a former president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and former chair of the Iowa AgState Initiative. He has also served as a director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. As a board officer for Western Iowa Energy, a biodiesel plant, he served as a representative to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association.
Founded in 1957, the National Corn Growers Association represents nearly 40,000 dues-paying corn growers and the interests of more than 300,000 farmers who contribute through corn checkoff programs in their states. NCGA and its 49 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.