Kevin Ross, a corn grower near Minden, Iowa, serves as chairman 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.
In his capacity as NCGA Chairman, Ross also chairs the Nominating Committee, co-chairs the Agri-Industry Council Executive Committee. He is a board member of the Bayer Grower Advisory Committee. In addition to serving on the Governance Committee, he chairs the National Corn Growers Association Foundation and serves as the association’s liaison to the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus and Growth Energy.
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.
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 50 affiliated state associations and checkoff organizations work together to help protect and advance corn growers’ interests.