AMES, Iowa – Kevin Ross, Underwood, is the newest Iowa delegate to the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, also known as CARET. He will represent Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as well as the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in this national grassroots organization.
CARET was created in 1982 by deans of agriculture at land-grant universities, including Iowa State University. The organization works closely with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and is composed of representatives from the 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. It advocates for greater national support and understanding of the land-grant university system’s food and agricultural research, extension and teaching programs that enhance the quality of life for all people.
“CARET also works with national agricultural organizations to tell agriculture’s story. We’re confident Kevin will do a great job telling Iowa State’s story,” said Cathann Kress, Iowa State University vice president for extension and outreach.
Ross was nominated for the position by Kress and Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He joins three continuing Iowa State CARET delegates: Donald Latham, Alexander; Sally Stutsman, Riverside; and Robert Petrzelka, Mt. Pleasant.
Ross and his wife, Sara, run Ross Land & Cattle LLC, their family farm and cow-calf operation. He is a licensed crop insurance agent for The Home Agency and a board officer for Western Iowa Energy LLC, a biodiesel production facility.
Ross has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies from Iowa State University. He serves on the National Corn Growers Association Board and the West Pottawattamie County Extension Council. In addition, he is past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and past chairman of the Iowa Ag-State Initiative.