Beef Checkoff (Cattlemen's Beef Board)
Chair, Cattlemen’s Beef Board
Jared Brackett lives and runs a cow-calf/stocker operation in southern Idaho. He is a fifth-generation rancher. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural economics and is a diehard Aggie football fan. He is also a past president of the Idaho Cattlemen's Association and continues to serve on a number of other livestock committees and boards. He lives in Filer, Idaho with his wife, Tay.
National Corn Growers Association
President, National Corn Growers Association
Kevin Ross, a corn grower near Minden, Iowa, serves as 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.
In his capacity as NCGA President, Ross also serves as the president of the National Corn Growers Association Foundation, as the association’s delegate to the U.S. Grains Council and on NCGA’s Agri-Industry Council Executive Committee. Additionally, he serves at the association’s liaison to the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus.
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.